Highway Bridge Program
The PWP/EMP Program allows a local government to waive its 10 percent cost participation requirement in a federal Highway Bridge Program (HBP) off-system bridge project if it agrees to use an equivalent dollar amount to improve other deficient structures in its jurisdiction.
Eligible structures for address under equivalent-match projects must meet the following criteria:
This program has expanded the number of local governments participating in TxDOT's off-system bridge program and has provided many other local governments with the incentive to increase their participation.
Increased Safety and Efficiency
Many structures that had deficiencies but were not programmed in TxDOT's off-system bridge program have been scheduled for improvements that will increase their safety and efficiency.
Overall, the program is accelerating the rate at which structurally deficient and functionally obsolete off-system bridges are improved throughout the state.