Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment. Task 88. Giving Away the Bridge: A National Synthesis of on Transferring Ownership of Historic Bridges

Since the late 1980s, federal law has required that a state, using federal funds to replace a historic bridge, shall first attempt to donate that bridge to a responsible party. This study sought to answer three essential questions about this aspect of federal law. First, in general, how well is it working? Second, among the approaches taken by different states, which approaches seem to work and which do not? Third, are there specific recommendations for how this program could be made to work better? As a general matter, the donation requirement can be shown to have preserved many bridges nationally and is a success in that regard. It is also a program whose implementation differs greatly from one state to the next and the success of which differs widely. The final report contains examples that have been shown to work well in a small number of states with active historic bridge preservation programs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-25, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated LLC

    9300 Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mikesell, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20130701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140825
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37772

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  • Accession Number: 01543699
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-25, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 20 2014 1:02AM