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Historic Bridges

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FHWA assists in the preservation of historic bridges and encourages States to incorporate the concepts of context sensitive design in the rehabilitation and reuse of historic bridges. Programs for historic bridge preservation include:

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State Bridge Programs

photograph of the Humpback Covered Bridge The Humpback Covered Bridge was built in 1857 for the old James River and Kanawha Turnpike Company. The center of the floor and roof is about four feet higher than at the ends. It is the only bridge of its design in the United States.

Many State DOTs have developed historic bridge programs. These programs aim to preserve the historic and cultural value of long-standing bridges where possible and expedite the consideration of historic bridges in project development and environmental review. For example, Indiana's Historic Bridge Program helps planners prioritize a list of bridges for preservation, while providing bridge owners incentives for this preservation.

To uncover more information about States' historic bridge programs, visit the State Practices Database or the following links.

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Additional Bridge Resources

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