In an effort to preserve some of Pennsylvania's wonderful historic bridges, the Commonwealth is marketing a number of them, currently scheduled for replacement due to load and width limitations.
Who can own a bridge?
State owned bridges are first offered to other state agencies, then to municipalities in their region, then to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and the general public through the state surplus process at the Department of General Services (DGS). For bridges that are county or municipally owned, DGS is not involved, and transfer of ownership simply follows the disposition process and procedures in place with the county or municipal government. In the past, we’ve placed some of our historic bridges with State Parks, Rails to Trails projects, and University Campuses, and we’re actively seeking more opportunities for adaptive reuse of these beautiful old structures.
How is it paid for?
When a new owner can be found, and our project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the FHWA may be able to assist with some of the costs for rehabilitation and/or relocation, depending on the availability of federal funds.
What bridges are available?
If your organization or site is in the market for a bridge, please browse through the catalog on the right to see if we have something that might meet your needs. If you don't 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.
Want to know more?
Download our FAQ sheet here (PDF.)