Local Bridge Program
The State Local Bridge Program provides funding in the form of grant-in-aid to municipalities for bridge reconstruction, rehabilitation, modification or improvements such as widening, complete replacement, or complete removal. Municipalities utilizing local bridge funding are required to provide a local cost share of 50% of the total project cost. To qualify for funding a bridge must carry a certified public road, be municipally owned and/or maintained. It must also be structurally deficient, functionally obsolete or operationally deficient according to criteria developed by the Federal Highway Administration and must not have a prior commitment for funding.
At certain times, federal funding may be made available as part of the off-system bridge set aside from the Surface Transportation Program. Federal funding is available by reimbursement of up to 80% of eligible costs across all project phases. Highway bridges eligible for replacement, rehabilitation or preservation must be over waterways, other topographical barriers, other highways, or railroads. The bridges must be included on the National Bridge Inventory for federal participation.