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Case Study - Louisiana

Statewide Programmatic Agreement for MANAGEMENT OF HISTORIC BRIDGES IN LOUISIANA

US-190/Old Mississippi River Bridge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana\
US-190/Old Mississippi River Bridge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Description of the Program:

In October 2015, the Louisiana Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LADOTD), the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer (LASHPO), and the ACHP executed a statewide programmatic agreement (PA) for Historic Bridges. It represents a model process for inventory, evaluation and preservation of historic bridges. The process began in 2012 when the LADOTD initiated a comprehensive Historic Bridge Inventory study of pre-1971 bridges. Through this effort, the FHWA, in consultation with the LADOTD and the LASHPO, determined which bridges are eligible and not eligible for the National Register, and the LADOTD compiled an inventory of eligible bridges. Multiple reports were created that resulted in the identification of preservation priority bridges, and under the terms of the PA the DOTD committed to set aside funds for maintenance of these important structures. It is anticipated the programmatic approach will be a better tool for bridge evaluation and preservation rather addressing these important structures on a case by case basis and this approach will be useful as a model for other states that have significant collections of historic bridges. More information is here.

Posted March 3, 2016

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