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Bridge classification system (new law)

Published (4/8/2010)
By Sue Hegarty
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The Trunk Highway Bridge Improvement Program of 2008 established criteria for classifying bridges in need of repair through June 30, 2018.

Effective Aug. 1, 2010, bridges that did not qualify as part of the original three-tiered system for repairs will fall into a subsequent prioritization program based on:

• service interruption risks resulting in temporary road closures or restrictions; and

• risk factors such as age, condition, load capacity, traffic volume and susceptibility to flood damage.

The transportation commissioner shall develop the new classification system by Feb. 1, 2011.

Sponsored by Rep. Bernie Lieder (DFL-Crookston) and Sen. Michael Jungbauer (R-East Bethel), the new law was signed April 1 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

HF2915*/ SF2847/CH205

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