Local Bridge Program: Call for projects

Call for projects - OPEN
Closes Friday, April 26, 2019

 

WSDOT is anticipating the availability of approximately $75 million of Federal Local Bridge program funds for local agency bridge projects. The purpose of the Federal Local Bridge program is to improve the condition of bridges through replacement, rehabilitation, and preventative maintenance. In addition, by incentivizing agencies to use asset management strategies that provide cost-effective solutions to maximize the life expectancy of the structure.

Eligibility Criteria

All local agency bridge owners who currently have a structure greater than 20 feet in length that meets the following criteria are eligible to apply for funding.

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 classified as structurally deficient. Proposals are encouraged to incorporate and/or demonstrate the utilization of practical solutions throughout the life of the structure and the accommodation of pedestrians and bicycles. 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:

  • Projects to receive a maximum award amount of $12 million per structure.
  • Only structurally deficient bridges with a sufficiency rating of less than 40 are eligible to apply for replacement funding.
  • Only structurally deficient bridges with a sufficiency rating of less than 80 are eligible to apply for rehabilitation funding.
  • Projects will require a 20% local match for the preliminary engineering/design and right of way phases. Projects that authorize construction by December 2023 are eligible for 13.5% local match. If construction is authorized after December 2023, 20% local match is required.
  • Structures that are considered functionally obsolete will not be considered for funding in these categories.

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. A maximum award amount of $3 million per structure is available. 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 and spalls in the deck surface (Condition State 2 plus Condition State 3).
  • Projects will require a 13.5% local match during the preliminary engineering/design and right of way phases. Projects that authorize construction by December 2023 are eligible for 100% federal funding for eligible costs. If construction is authorized after December 2023, 13.5% local match is required.

Local agency bridge owners will also be allowed 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.
  • Bundled project applications will have a maximum award amount of $3 million per application.
  • Local agencies are encouraged to partner with adjacent counties or cities.
  • Match requirements are the same as those for preventative maintenance as stated above.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they are complete and eligible for funding based on the following:

  • Field review assessments with Local Agency Bridge Engineer will consider the following:
    • Replacement/Rehabilitation
      • Proposed structure type
      • Route importance (NHS, functional class, detour)
      • Multi-model accommodation
      • 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 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

A proposed list of projects will be presented to the bridge advisory group to evaluate and make recommendations. A prioritized list of projects will be submitted to the WSDOT Local Programs Director by August 2019, who will make final decisions on projects awards. Announcements are expected by October 2019.

Program requirements

Applicants are required to report quarterly on the status and expenditure plan of each 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 26, 2019.

Project Applications

  1. Project applications and supplemental documentation shall be submitted by email to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov.
  2. Electronic copies of the following are to be included in the submittal:
    1. Latest inventory and inspection reports for structures considered for all project applications.
    2. Latest or newly updated load ratings for replacement or rehabilitation project applications only.
    3. Electronic photos (640 x 480 pixels minimum .jpg) for all project applications.
    4. Current bridge scour evaluation and any preliminary hydraulic analysis and supporting documentation for scour mitigation project applications.
    5. Preliminary seismic evaluation and supporting documentation for seismic retrofit project applications.
    6. Electronic Bridge Application Form (pdf 2.9 mb). Form may be require downloading and saving locally, and the use of Adobe Reader.

Program Contacts

Region Local Program Engineers
or
John Ho at 360-705-7383 or Roman Peralta at 360-705-7870.