Oklahoma Department of Transportation Offers Free Historic Bridges

An alternative to demolition

May 27, 2022
An alternative to demolition
Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma DOT

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has historic bridges available for free thanks to their Historic Bridge Marketing Program.

ODOT's program offers an alternative to the demolition of Oklahoma's historic bridges when they are replaced by safer bridges. And, because the bridges represent a certain type of steel truss bridge which are typically ideal for light pedestrian use, they are included in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

"The bridges will be donated to any party willing to relocate it and maintain it at a new location," states the information from ODOT. "Proposals to relocate the structure will be reviewed by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, and the Federal Highway Administration."

When looking to replace historic bridges, ODOT first looks at if the bridge can be brought up to today's safety standards. However, in most cases, upgrades to the historic bridges are too extensive, and alter the characteristics of the bridge, making them lose their historic feature. Luckily, this program helps preserve these bridges.

If you're in the market for a bridge, ODOT's Adopt-A-Bridge website has you covered, with each bridge being available for adoption.

Adopting a bridge enters the adopter into an agreement with ODOT saying they will maintain the features that make it historic while assuming all future financial and legal responsibility.


Source: Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Related Articles

Driving in a construction zone | Susan Sheldon | Dreamstime.com
Driving in a construction zone | Susan Sheldon | Dreamstime.com
A stretch of Highway 45 in Winnebago County, Wisconsin was closed for 8 hours on Tuesday after two accidents, involving a highway worker and…
June 15, 2022
Project to improve pedestrian access and safety begins in Maryland
Photo 19577657 © Tomasz Bidermann | Dreamstime.com
A Howard County, Maryland construction project aimed at improving pedestrian access and safety has begun. The project will also provide roadway…
June 09, 2022
Ohio county to spend more than $20 million on road construction
Photo 74015547 © Carolyn Franks | Dreamstime.com
Montgomery County in Ohio plans to spend about $21 million improving the its streets and bridges in the coming years. According to the Dayton Daily…
June 09, 2022
New data shows LED streetlights reduce electricity costs
Photo 72645386 © Gnanamclicks | Dreamstime.com
Results from six LED streetlight replacements in Maine, New York and Massachusetts showed a collective savings of nearly $1 million per year in…
May 26, 2022