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Current Maine Bridge Law

  • Current Maine Bridge Law under 23 MRSA Chapter 9, subchapter 4-A (website).

It primarily defines the responsibilities for bridge maintenance and capital improvements for all public bridges, minor spans, and smaller structures. The following table provides a simplified description of those responsibilities:

  Bridge Minor Span Culvert Low Use Redundant Bridge
 
Capital Imp
Maint.
Capital Imp
Maint.
Capital Imp
Maint.
Capital Imp
Maint.
State Highway
S
S
S
S
S*
S*
N/A
N/A
State Aid
S
S
S
S
S*
S*
N/A
N/A
Town Way
S
S
M
M
M
M
S + M **
M
 


M = Municipality Responsibility
S = State Responsibility (MaineDOT)

* Municipal Responsibility if inside urban compact area
** Municipality pays lesser of 50% of cost, or 1% of property valuation and state pays remaining balance





This page last updated on 8/22/11