Bridge Adoption : MDT Adopt-A-Bridge Program - Criteria for Selection of New Owner
The intent of the Adopt a Bridge Program is to maintain the historic integrity of the existing bridge to the greatest extent possible. Anyone interested in adopting a bridge will be required to submit an application, which addresses the following questions:
If the bridge is to be left in place:
The applications will be reviewed for responsiveness and completeness.
The selection criteria noted below (in descending order of preference) will be used as a guide in the event two or more entities express an interest in the bridge. Consideration will be given to leaving the structure in place and for providing the highest use for the largest population possible.
If there is no obvious choice for a new owner by using these guides and the information provided in the application, the new owner will be selected by lot.
The new owner will be required to sign an agreement holding the State, county and/or city harmless for any structural problems or lead paint associated with the bridge. This agreement will contain the conditions by which the new owner will agree to be a responsible party and agree to maintain the historic integrity of the structure. When determining whether an applicant is a responsible party the state will ask for evidence that the applicant has the assets and income to insure the long-term maintenance and upkeep of the bridge.
Under criteria for I.b, I.c or I.d, the new owners will be required to provide a cash bond or a bond in an amount and form to be determined by the State to cover the cost of future demolition of the structure. The bond will be used in the event the new owner defaults on his/her commitment for care and maintenance of the bridge.
The new owner will receive the estimated cost of removal to relocate/rehab the bridge unless the project goes to bid in which case the bid amount from the low bidder will be used.
This policy will also be used for bridges that are selected for adoption but are not on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In those cases the agreement may or may not require maintaining the historic integrity of the structure. In such cases, the amount available to relocate/rehab the structure will be determined on a case-by-case basis not to exceed the estimated (or bid) amount to remove the structure.
For an example of how the program can work, please see the preservation of the Craig Bridge.