Local Bridge Program
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 and loans 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.
In accordance with Public Act 09-02, the balance remaining in the Local Bridge Revolving Fund was transferred into the State's General Fund in April 2009 to help cover the State's budget deficit. Replacement funding has been provided to allow completion of grant commitments, but no new loans can be made due to bonding restrictions.
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. The closing date for submitting State-funded applications was June 11, 2012. A closing date for FY2014 applications will be announced if additional funding becomes available.
GOV. MALLOY INTRODUCES LEGISLATION FOR LOCAL ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS
The proposed legislation, S.B. 849
, will further fund, update and improve the current Local Bridge Program to encourage participation and assist municipalities in reducing the number of deficient municipal bridges. It would allocate $15 million of state capital funding into the program, streamline administrative requirements and extend the deadline for submitting applications.
Bridge Inspection Reports Available Through ProjectWise: Current bridge inspection reports are now available to prequalified consultants and municipalities through ProjectWise. Please see the Bridge Inspection Reports page for more information.
NEW 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 www.fhwa.dot.gov/federal-aidessentials. 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 Now Being 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 (http://twitter.com/CT_Local_Bridge; via 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 Project Manager. Failure to follow this procedure will result in lost documents and delays!
Requests for additional information should be addressed to:
Francisco T. Fadul
Administrator of the Local Bridge Program
Phone: (860) 594-2078 e-mail: Francisco Fadul
For information on Federal Local Bridge Program projects, please contact:
Joseph A. Scalise
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Fax: (860) 594-3218
Local Bridge Information:
|List of Eligible Bridges (MS Excel, rev. 3/14/13); Note: Lists include both State and Federally eligible bridges, and are updated each March.
|Federal Local Bridge Program Preliminary Application Form (PDF) |
|Documents, Forms and Reference Materials (standard forms and guidance documents)|
|Under 20' Bridge Data (data for bridges with spans less than 20 feet. Note: most of these bridges have not been inspected by the State since 1992. PDF, 344 KB )
|Municipal Bridge List (complete list of all bridges owned or maintained by cities and towns, revised March 6, 2012, MS Excel)
|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)|
|Bridge Suppliers and Manufacturers (links to outside web sites of interest, including suppliers and vendors) |
NEW! Reference Series: Locally Administered Transportation Projects in Connecticut
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