Does your trail need a bridge? Would you like to connect your trail with the region’s heritage? Do you believe in the value of recycling and re-use?
If so, you might consider acquiring and re-using a surplus state or locally owned historic metal truss bridge:
PennDOT, in concert with the Department of General Services (DGS) or county or township authorities, is seeking groups interested in acquiring historic metal truss bridges that no longer meet traffic needs, but could have a new life as pedestrian spans. These bridges are all eligible for or already listed on, the National Register of Historic Places, and provide a direct connection to the heritage of our state and region.
Surplus bridges are found across the state in many sizes and designs, and a wide range of ages.
State owned bridges are sold to the highest bidder through the Department of General Services (DGS), while county or municipally owned bridges are often free to whoever is willing to move the bridge.
While acquiring a historic bridge includes accepting the responsibility for costs associated with moving and rehabilitating it, financial assistance may be available from several sources.
For more information and a preview of some of the currently available bridges, please visit us at www.paprojectpath.org/penndot-crm/bridges/bridges-for-sale. You can also reach Tyra Guyton, the Transportation Special Initiatives Coordinator working in the State Historic Preservation Office to market PennDOT’s Historic Bridges at (717) 346-0617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.