The ODOT Major Bridge Program was established in 2002 with the purpose of funding high cost bridge rehabilitations and replacements for the largest structures in the state. The creation of this program allowed the expense of maintaining major bridges to be addressed while not overburdening the District general bridge allocation funds, which could be entirely consumed with just one major bridge rehabilitation. Out of the nearly 15,000 bridges that ODOT is responsible for maintaining, 180 are defined as a major bridge and therefore eligible for Major Bridge Program funding.
The program is allocated $90-$100 million each year in order to reduce the number of deficiencies along the Major Bridges throughout the state.
Major Bridges are defined as meeting one of the following criteria:
- More than 1,000 feet in length,
- Single bridge with a deck area of 81,000 square feet or greater,
- Twin bridge with a deck area of 135,000 square feet or greater,
- Spans the Ohio River,
- Continuous/Cantilever truss bridge, or
- Suspension bridge.
Currently there are 180 structures which meet the above criteria.
The Major Bridge Program may participate on all phases of a project. However, construction inspection will only be approved for specialized or unique activities in which the district does not have the expertise to perform on their own.
The program manager will review the various requests throughout the state and select projects which will have the greatest improvement to the states’ infrastructure.