The State of California (Caltrans) oversees the Federal bridge program on behalf of the Federal Highways Administration. The funds for the program are only for bridges with spans over 20 feet. This section of National Trails highway(Route 66) has 96 bridges over 20 feet and 31 under 20 feet. To learn more, visit the Federal Highway Bridge program.
The County has received Federal Funds for two bridges and are planning to replace them in 2016. These bridges are located east of Kelbaker Road. Due to designation of Route 66 as a registered historic highway, non-traditional designs are being developed that satisfy the unique cultural and biological requirements for this area. The designs used for these two bridges will help guide future replacements and assist in streamlining the process.
In January 2015, the department hired a consulting firm to evaluate all of the bridges and to develop a funding strategy over a multi year period. The bridges will be grouped and prioritized for federal funding submittal. The funding is not guaranteed and these bridges must compete state wide for the federal funds. For bridges under 20 feet, other source s of funding must be found.
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