Some Special Spans Will Just Disappear

DeLony, Eric
November 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;11/28/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 21, p79
Trade Publication
This article reports that bridge building paced the evolution of building technology but had a much more enduring impact on engineering, manufacturing and the settlement of the U.S. Surviving bridges are tangible evidence of this legacy but we are fast approaching the point of no return in saving some prime examples. On August 10, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the $286.4-billion transportation bill funding roads, bridges and rail over the next six years. While the Historic Bridge Program remains, the new legislation did not include two proposed rule changes for historic bridges in Title 23, Section 144 that would have allowed more funding. An additional $2 million is needed. Changing Section 144 would allow cities like Great Falls to compete for other Title 23 funds. One strategy suggested was to extend the extremely successful National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program to include other historic bridges as a demonstration project.


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