Local bridge program call for projects

Closed - Call for projects - Local Bridge Program - Closed Friday, April 29, 2022

The purpose of the Federal Local Bridge program is to improve the condition of bridges through replacement, rehabilitation, and preventative maintenance. In addition, incentivizing agencies to use asset management strategies that provide cost-effective solutions to maximize the life expectancy of the structure.

Local agencies are encouraged to submit bridge projects that address equity, barriers to opportunity, challenges faced by individuals and underserved communities, or restoring community connectivity.

Eligibility criteria

All local agency bridge owners who currently have a structure reportable to the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) and subject to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) that meet the following criteria for each sub-category are eligible to apply for funding.

Replacement and rehabilitation

Replacement projects involve the total replacement of an existing structure with a new facility constructed in the same general traffic corridor. Rehabilitation projects involve major work required to restore the structural integrity and/or to correct major safety defects of a structure.

This category of projects is focused on local agency bridges that are in poor condition. Proposals are encouraged to incorporate and/or demonstrate the utilization of practical solutions throughout the life of the structure. This includes identifying the asset management strategies utilized to maximize the life expectancy of the structure. Specific criteria for eligibility and funding are as follows:

  • Structurally deficient with a culvert, deck, superstructure, and/or substructure overall condition code of 4 or less.
    OR
    Have a structural adequacy or waterway adequacy code of 2 or less.

Preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance projects involve extending the service life of an existing structure. The primary activities for this category include steel bridge painting, scour mitigation, seismic retrofit, and deck resurfacing/repair. This includes identifying the asset management strategies utilized to maximize the life expectancy of the structure. Specific criteria for eligibility and funding are as follows:

  • Steel bridge painting for structures that have greater than 2% of total paint area in Condition State 4.
  • Scour mitigation for structures that are calculated or assessed as scour critical.
  • Seismic retrofit on structures located in higher risk seismic zones.
  • Deck resurfacing/repair on structures that have a total area of 2% or greater of patches, spalls, and delaminations in the deck surface (Condition State 2, 3 and 4).

Bundled projects

Local agency bridge owners are able to bundle several structures into one project application to perform specific preventative maintenance activities. Specific criteria for eligibility and funding are as follows:

  • Deck sealing and thin overlays for concrete decks with full depth cracking.
  • Deck repair for timber decks or slabs for elements in Condition State 3 and 4.
  • Expansion joint replacement for elements that are in Condition State 3.
  • Concrete superstructure/substructure spall repair and patching for concrete elements that are in Condition State 3.
  • Timber substructure repair for timber elements that are in Condition State 3 and 4.
  • Other preventative maintenance or repair activities of a similar type on elements in Condition State 3 or 4.
  • Local agencies are encouraged to partner with adjacent counties or cities.

Funding available

  • Replacement/rehabilitation – A maximum award amount of $15 million per structure. Ad ready projects may be eligible for additional funds depending upon project readiness.
  • Preventative maintenance – A maximum award amount of $5 million per structure is available.
  • Bundled projects – A maximum award amount of $5 million per application.

All 2022 local bridge program projects that authorize construction by December 2025, toll credits will be utilized as match, and no local match is required for eligible bridge costs. If construction is authorized after December 2025, 13.5% local match is required. For non-NHS (National Highway System) projects – no local match is required.

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed to ensure that they are complete and eligible for funding based on the above requirements. The review will include the following.

Field review assessments with Local Agency Bridge Engineer will consider the current and historical bridge condition and planned work; including but not limited to:

  • Replacement/rehabilitation-

    Proposed structure type
    Route importance (NHS, functional class, detour)
    Planning level construction cost estimate
  • Steel bridge painting-

    Existing structure type
    Route importance (NHS, functional class, detour)
    Paint history
    Maintenance (cleaning) history
  • Scour mitigation-

    Scour analysis on file
    Scour history (inspection reports, soundings, countermeasures)
    Route importance (NHS, functional class, detour)
    Existing substructure design details
  • Seismic retrofit-

    Seismic analysis for the recommended retrofit
    Route importance (functional class, NHS, detour)
    Existing substructure design details
  • Deck resurfacing/repair-

    Review of deck condition history (Deck Overall code in the last 10 years)
    Route importance (NHS, functional class, detour)
    Scope of work: concrete repair with new overlay or full deck replacement

Local agency bridge program compliance

  • Routine, Fracture Critical, Underwater and Special inspections performed on time
  • Timely release of inspections into the National Bridge Inventory
  • Completed and updated load ratings
  • Load postings
  • FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) compliance visit findings

Structures on NHS routes and compliance with MAP-21

Performance and delivery status of current bridge projects

  • Projects not yet started from previous call for projects.
  • Delivery of projects according to project timelines.

Secific project awards may be made at any time prior to the bridge call closing based upon project readiness. If an agency has a qualified bridge project that is construction ready, it is in the best interest to apply early as it may be considered for an early award. A proposed list of projects will be presented to the bridge advisory group for evaluation and recommendations, a prioritized list will be submitted to the WSDOT Local Programs Director by June 2022, for final selection (pending any legislative direction).

Program requirements

Applicants are required to report a minimum of semi-annually on the status and expenditure plan of each selected project.

Submittal process

Submittals must be sent by e-mail (paper and CD submittals will not be accepted). Project proposals must be received by midnight April 29, 2022.

Project applications

Project applications and supplemental documentation shall be submitted by email to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov

Electronic copies of the following are to be included in the submittal:

  • Latest inventory and inspection reports for structures considered for all project applications.
  • Latest or newly updated load ratings for replacement or rehabilitation project applications only.
  • Electronic photos (JPEG format) for all project applications.
  • Current bridge scour evaluation and any preliminary hydraulic analysis and supporting documentation for scour mitigation project applications.
  • Preliminary seismic evaluation and supporting documentation for seismic retrofit project applications.
  • Electronic Bridge Application Form (PDF 1MB). Form may be require downloading and saving locally, and the use of Adobe Reader.

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