June 2017 Vol. 25, No. 2

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Synthesis looks at local bridge removal policies and programs


Given budgetary pressures, many local agencies lack the funding to maintain all bridges in their roadway networks. Reducing the number of bridges is one way that local agencies can reduce their maintenance costs. However, bridge removal projects can be controversial, and local officials are often reluctant to choose this option.

A new Transportation Research Synthesis from the LRRB and MnDOT provides the results of a survey of state DOT bridge offices about bridge removal practices, criteria, and funding programs. A literature review of bridge design manuals, inspection manuals, and state and local bridge programs supplement the survey findings.

Local Bridge Removal Policies and Programs (LRRB and MnDOT, TRS1702, March 2017) is available at LRRB.org.