MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is soliciting applications for candidate projects for the Local Bridge Program. To be eligible for bridge funds, the structure must meet the definition of a bridge, defined as a structure with a total clear span of more than 20 feet, measured along the centerline of the roadway over a stream, watercourse, or opening. For a span bridge, this means the clear opening span, measured face to face at the inside of the abutments, is greater than 20 feet. A multi-unit culvert is considered a bridge if the total length, as measured along the centerline of the roadway, is greater than 20 feet and the distance between the culvert units is less than half the diameter of the smallest unit.

All local agencies are encouraged to submit asset management plans for the applications being submitted. A summary of the local agency’s bridge network asset management plan may also be submitted for review.

Replacement projects involve replacing the entire substructure, superstructure, deck and
necessary approach work. If a multi-use path or sidewalk is planned but does not currently exist, the estimate needs to clearly indicate the costs of these items. If the project is selected for funding, a master plan showing the path or sidewalk must be provided in order for them to be considered participating in the Local Bridge Program.

Rehabilitation is defined as major work required to restore the structural integrity of a bridge, as well as work necessary to correct major safety defects. These projects are required to meet AASHTO guidelines. If a rehabilitation project is over water, a scour analysis will be required during the design phase and the existing foundations will need to be shown to be stable under a scour event. A structure that is not found to be stable during a scour event may not be allowed to proceed to contract. If making the structure stable results in a change in scope, it may be necessary to re-apply during a future call for applications.

Estimated repair costs for bridge rehabilitation projects will vary by the type of work. Include publicly owned utility relocation costs. Examples of rehabilitation work eligible for funding under the program include:
Full deck replacement (with or without painting of steel beams)
Superstructure replacement
Structure widening
Removal of existing bridge without replacement

Preventive Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance applications can be submitted for a single bridge. They may also be submitted for multiple bridges which require similar preventive maintenance work and may be combined into one application. This can include multiple agencies working together to submit one application. A multiple bridge application will count as one of the five applications any one agency is allowed to submit per year. The Region Bridge Councils will review a multiple structure application as one package and will not rate each structure independently. Preventive Maintenance activities are eligible under the Local Bridge Program.

Note: this is a condensed overview of this program. GFA is here to assist you with your grant and transportation-related questions, feel free to contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

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