ConnDOT: Local Bridge Program

Local Bridge Program  
{Bridge in Granby on Silver St.}
In Connecticut, there are more than 3,400 bridges and culverts on municipally maintained roads. Construction and maintenance of these expensive structures is the responsibility of the cities and towns who own them. Recognizing the difficulty that municipalities have in meeting this responsibility, the General Assembly created the Local Bridge Program in 1984 as part of the State’s Infrastructure Renewal Program. This program provides for State grants to municipalities for the removal, replacement, reconstruction or rehabilitation of local bridges.  For more details of the program, please refer to the Local Bridge Program Manuals below.  The Manuals contain information explaining how bridges are rated, an overview of funding programs, an outline of the typical project's progress, environmental permit guidance, guidelines for obtaining funding, and a summary of laws related to municipal bridges.  Older versions are provided on a separate page for reference on projects initiated in prior fiscal years.  
Federal funding has been made available for municipal bridge projects whenever possible, and is still available for a limited number of new projects.  See the links below for a list of eligible bridges and application forms. 
Application window for FY 2016 Grants under the STATE Local Bridge Program is now open.  Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2015.  Further information, including a revised Program manual, is posted below.
Applications for FEDERAL Local Bridge Program funding may be submitted at any time since there is no deadline for these applications.
Please see the FY 2016 Local Bridge Program Manual for more information.
Requested legislation to authorize and adjust bonds of the State for capital improvements, transportation and other purposes.  If approved, S.B . 947 would increase the available funds under the State Local Bridge Program for FY 2016 applications to $15 million and would add $10 million for FY 2017 applications.
P.A. 13-239  - SIGNED INTO LAW
Legislation to fund, update and streamline the current Local Bridge Program to encourage participation and assist municipalities in reducing the number of deficient municipal bridges was signed into law, effective July 1, 2013.   
The FY2016 Local Bridge Program Manual has been published.  The Program will be operating under Draft Regulations, while awaiting an approved final version to comply with the new law.  Please contact the Local Bridge Program office to provide comments or suggestions regarding the draft regulations.


Bridge Inspection Reports Available Through ProjectWise:  Current bridge inspection reports for NBI bridges are now available to prequalified consultants and municipalities through ProjectWise.  Please see the Bridge Inspection Reports page for more information.  

FHWA Video Library!  The FHWA has a new resource called Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies. This resource puts key information about Federal-aid requirements on a single Web site at  Local agencies now have a centralized hub for guidance, policies, procedures, and best practices for administering Federal-aid projects. The Web site’s main feature is a library of videos covering key aspects of the project development and delivery process.

Applications for Federally-Funded Local Bridge Projects Accepted: The Department is continuing to accept applications for new Federal Local Bridge Program projects.  Applications may be submitted at any time - there is no deadline.  In the event that applications received exceed the available funding, a cut-off date will be established and applications prioritized.  Municipalities must be prepared to cover 20% of all project costs, including ConnDOT District oversight personnel.  Approval of applications may be delayed while funding changes under MAP-21 are sorted-out.


Local Bridge Program on Twitter:   The Local Bridge Program is posting news updates via Twitter as CT_Local_Bridge ( SMS by texting follow CT_Local_Bridge to 40404) .  Twitter posts may be suspended periodically as social media policies evolve.  


Note to Consulting Engineers working on Local Bridge Program Projects:   All contact with ConnDOT support units, such as, but not limited to, Environmental Planning and Hydraulics & Drainage, must be made through the ConnDOT LBP Project Engineer.  Failure to follow this procedure will result in lost documents and delays!

Program Manager:  Priti S. Bhardwaj, P.E., Transportation Supervising Engineer.
Requests for additional information should be addressed to: 
State Local Bridge Program:                           
      Francisco T. Fadul                                        
      Project Engineer                                           
      Phone: (860) 594-2078                      Email:
Federal Local Bridge Program:
      Marc P. Byrnes
      Project Engineer
      Phone: (860) 594-3489                      Email:
Program Mailing address:   2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546
Local Bridge Information:
NEW  Local Bridge Program Manual (FY2016 MANUAL, PDF, 1.64 MB)
Draft 2013 Local Bridge Program Regulations (PDF, 57.3 KB. To be used until an approved version is published)
NEW  Current and Historical Local Bridge Program Legislation (PDF, 383 KB, rev. 2/27/15)
NEW  Eligible Bridge List (MS Excel, 421 KB, rev. 2/27/15. Note: Lists include both State and Federally eligible bridges, and are updated annually) 
Documents, Forms and Reference Materials  (APPLICATION FORMS, standard forms and guidance documents)
NEW  Under 20' Bridge Data (MS Excel, 1.11 MB, rev. 2/27/15. Data for bridges with spans less than 20 feet.  Note: most of these bridges have not been inspected by the State since 1992)
NEW  Master List of Municipal Bridges (MS Excel, 946 KB, rev. 2/27/15. Complete list of bridges owned or maintained by cities and towns)
Bridge Inspection Reports (Information on accessing inspection reports through ProjectWise, and PDF copies when posting is requested by the municipality.  If you are looking for a report not available here, please contact the municipality directly)
Project Photos (photographs of some completed bridge projects)
Federal Funding Available to Municipalities  (Information on various federal funding programs for municipalities, including non-bridge projects)
Bridge Suppliers and Manufacturers (links to outside web sites of interest, including suppliers and vendors)

Reference Series: Locally Administered Transportation Projects in Connecticut

Bridge Projects Funded                                                          Project Advertisements
FY2014 (PDF, 121 KB)
FY2012 & 2013 (MS Excel) 
Jump to page with solicitation notices
FY2011 (MS Excel)  FY2011 Final PDF (PDF)                                           
FY2010 (PDF, 13 KB)
FY2009 (PDF, 12 KB)
FY2008 (PDF, 13 KB)
FY2007 (PDF, 13 KB)
 Please note that ConnDOT personnel are not allowed to discuss particular projects with consulting engineers until a designer has been selected for that project. To preserve the integrity of the bidding process, engineer's detailed cost estimates are not available to the public until a project is completed.  Please contact the appropriate town for more information on a project.
{View from Wapping Road Bridge, East Windsor}
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