In an effort to preserve some of Pennsylvania’s historic bridges, the Commonwealth is marketing a number of them for adaptive reuse off-system that cannot meet vehicular needs. PennDOT primarily markets truss bridges because they were designed to be disassembled and moved as needed, thus making it easier to preserve them through relocation.
How does our program work?
State-owned bridges are first offered to other state agencies, then to municipalities, then to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and the general public through the state surplus process of the Department of General Services (DGS). For bridges that are county- or municipally-owned, DGS is not involved and transfer of ownership follows the disposition process and procedures in place with the county or municipal government. In the past, historic bridges have been placed with state and local parks, rail trails, and university campuses. We are actively seeking more opportunities for adaptive reuse of these historic structures.
The cost to acquire and reuse a historic bridge will vary depending on the needs of the bridge, where the needs of the proposed crossing are, and the degree to which the bridge must be disassembled for transport. When a transportation project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the FHWA may be able to assist with some of the costs for disassembly and/or relocation.
If you, or your organization, are in the market for a bridge, please browse through the catalog to see if we have something that might meet your needs; a contact for each bridge is listed for more information. If you do not see a bridge that might work for you, we sometimes have other bridges not yet being marketed that might suit your project. Please contact Kara Russell at (717) 705-1484 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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