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Eligibility Criteria for Highway Bridge Program (HBP) Funds

Download the most current list of eligible bridges:

To be eligible for HBP funds under SAFETEA-LU a bridge must meet all of the following four (4) criteria:

  1. Bridge must be on the NBI database. Bridges that meet the following criteria are on the NBI database:

    1. longer than 20 feet (item 112=Y*) AND
    2. highway bridge that carries a public road
  2. To be eligible for rehabilitation, bridge must have a Sufficiency Rating of 80 or less; To be eligible for replacement, bridge must have a Sufficiency Rating of less than 50.

  3. Bridge must be classified as either structurally deficient OR functionally obsolete.

    1. To be classified as structurally deficient, a bridge must have:
      1. Rating of 4* or less for:
        1. deck (item 58*) OR
        2. superstructure (item 59*) OR
        3. substructure (item 60*) OR
        4. culvert (item 62*) OR
      2. Rating of 2* or less for:
        1. structural evaluation (item 67*) OR
        2. waterway adequacy (item 71*)
    2. To be classified as functionally obsolete, a bridge must have:
      1. Rating of 3* or less for:
        1. deck geometry (item 68*) OR
        2. underclearance (item 69*) OR
        3. approach roadway alignment (item 72*) OR
      2. Rating of 3* for:
        1. structural evaluation (item 67*) OR
        2. waterway adequacy (item 71*)
  4. Bridge cannot have been rehabbed/reconstructed (item 106*) or new/replaced (item 27*) within the past 10 years, regardless of the source of funding. In addition to checking items 27 and 106, FHWA also checks its fiscal records to determine if any federal-aid funds were used to rehab/replace a bridge during the past 10 years.

* Ratings and item numbers are in accordance with the Recording and Coding Guide for the Structure Inventory and Appraisal of the Nation's Bridges, Report Number FHWA-PD-96-001, commonly referred to as the Coding Guide.

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