PA Municipal Bridge Retro-Reimbursement Program

Application period is currently closed.

To continue reducing the number of structurally deficient bridges, DVRPC's Municipal Bridge Retro-Reimbursement Program (MBRP) will fund locally owned, structurally deficient bridge rehabilitation or replacement projects within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties that employ PennDOT's retro-reimbursement process.

State bridge funds of the PA Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) are available for selected municipal bridge projects with existing deck spans of 20 feet (20') in length or greater. The most recent application period for this program opened on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and closed at 5:00 PM on Friday, June 1, 2018.

PennDOT One Map (formerly known as Multimodal Project Management System Interactive Query) is a web-based GIS mapping application that allows you to obtain information on Local Bridges, Structurally Deficient Local Bridges, and Posted Local Bridges. The link is is Information is also provided on the lower right corner of PennDOT's website at

Project Selection

DVRPC closely coordinates with PennDOT District 6 and the four counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery) throughout the project evaluation, selection, and recommendation process for this program. Only projects selected and recommended for funding through this process and listed on the federally approved TIP would be eligible to employ the retro-reimbursement procedure. Municipalities that submit application(s) to DVRPC during the application period are considered. The TIP Benefit Criteria is used to evaluate all projects. DVRPC staff will present the list of selected projects to the DVRPC Regional Technical Committee (RTC) and Board for approval. Letters of awards and regrets are mailed after Board approval.

Program Eligibility Requirements

Not all municipal bridge projects are eligible for funding under this program. Only bridge rehabilitation or replacement projects that demonstrate the following criteria will be eligible for this program:

  1. The bridge must be locally owned by a municipality within DVRPC's four Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery.
  2. The bridge must have a structurally deficient status, meaning the bridge deck, superstructure, or substructure must have a rating of 4 or less from the most recent bridge inspection.
  3. Rehabilitation or replacement work completed must result in the elimination of the bridge's structurally deficient status.
  4. The bridge must have an existing deck length spanning at least 20 feet (20') or greater.
  5. The bridge must be listed on the PA Bridge Bill or Capital Budget. To clarify, the bridge must be listed on the "Bridge Bill" that is part of the final approved PA Capital Budget (see links below). The program is not accepting bridges listed in a PA Bridge Bill that is "pending approval."
  6. The bridge project must include a letter of support from the County Planning Director with the application.
  7. The municipality must be a PennDOT ECMS & RAS Registered Business Partner in order to request reimbursement.
  8. For municipalities with projects selected in 2018, project completions are expected by or before August 1, 2021.

Municipal bridge projects that do not demonstrate items above are not considered for funding through this program.

DVRPC encourages all municipalities with bridges selected for retro-reimbursement to conduct all appropriate steps necessary to complete an approved retro-reimbursement agreement between the municipality and PennDOT by the deadline. If the timeline cannot be met, the municipality will still have 80 percent of the total project cost estimate reimbursed. However, the timing of the availability of state funding after the stated deadline is not guaranteed, which may delay the municipality for reimbursement once requested.

What is the PennDOT Retro-Reimbursement Process?

PennDOT's retro-reimbursement process differs from the traditional design-to-construction process for capital projects. Local bridge projects that follow "traditional" delivery process employ federal procedures and must follow the full PennDOT oversight project development process. Local bridge projects that follow a "retro-reimbursement" process adheres to the state liquid-fuel procedure, which streamlines reviews and delegates various PennDOT reviews to the local sponsor. In the retro-reimbursement procedure, PennDOT will still perform a structural adequacy review of the structure. A municipality that follows the retro-reimbursement process will use local funds to rehabilitate or replace the bridge and then request reimbursement from PennDOT. PennDOT will reimburse the municipality 80 percent of the following documented costs: design, engineering, right-of-way, utility, construction (including construction inspection and construction engineering); and the municipality will be responsible for 20 percent of the project costs. More specifically, the process entails the following steps:

  1. The Municipality obtains the services of a design consultant by using its own procurement procedures.
  2. Project bridge design must undergo a Structural Adequacy Review by PennDOT's Bridge Engineer (or delegates). The project bid package may not be advertised until this approval has been issued.
  3. Municipality/Consultant prepares the bid package. The municipality advertises the project and opens bids according to its own procurement procedures.
  4. If a Municipality does not have qualified personnel on its own staff, it must obtain the services of a qualified construction inspection consultant. This includes providing for inspections at fabricator facilities.
  5. Municipality enters into a contract with the low-bid construction company. The selected contractor must be pre-qualified by PennDOT to perform the construction work.
  6. Upon completion of the construction, municipality sends PennDOT's Project Manager documentation of project completion.
  7. Municipality enters into a retro-reimbursement agreement with PennDOT. Agreement will be electronically processed through PennDOT's Reimbursement Agreement System (RAS).
  8. Municipality submits invoices to PennDOT requesting 80 percent reimbursement and is subsequently paid by PennDOT based on availability of funds in the TIP line item, Municipal Bridge Line Item (MPMS #102105). Projects will be funded on a “first-come, first-served” basis. If final project cost is higher than requested amount at time of application, the municipality must work with PennDOT District 6 and DVRPC to resolve discrepancies in cost-overruns and be prepared to cover all cost increases that are above the requested amount in the application.

Project Application

The application from the previous two rounds covers the topics below and is subject to change in a future round.

  1. General Project & Contact Information
  2. Screening Questions
  3. Project Cost Estimates
  4. Bridge Facility
  5. Safety
  6. Economic Competitiveness
  7. Congestion Reduction
  8. Multimodal Bike/Pedestrian
  9. Air Quality/Green Design Elements
  10. Environmental
  11. Planning
  12. Community, Stakeholder, and Environmental Justice
  13. Right-of-Way, Utilities, Railroads, Traffic Control

Submission Instructions

DVRPC is not accepting applications at this time.

PA Capital Budgets


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). [0.3 MB pdf]
The FAQ document is continuously updated based on questions received. The document has been updated as of May 8, 2018.

For questions not answered in the FAQs, or if you are interested in applying for a future round, please contact Kwan Hui at or (215) 238 - 2894.

Selected Projects

Project selections that were approved by the DVRPC Board on December 2014 and October 2018 are listed below. Funding listed represents the total project cost estimate at the time of approval. The municipality is reimbursed 80 percent of the total cost.

County Bridge Bridge Key Municipality Total Cost
2018 Projects
Bucks Dark Hollow Road over Tributary of Neshaminy Creek 40485 Warwick Township $134,115
Bucks Fairway Drive over Tributary to Fish Creek 40484 Warwick Township $268,694
Chester East Locust Lane Bridge 10786 East Marlborough Township $1,020,000
Chester Skelp Level Road Bridge over Norfolk Southern (Tracks Removed) 10771 East Caln Township $1,452,200
Montgomery Alderfer Road Bridge 28075 Lower Salford Township $1,232,400
Montgomery Delaware Drive over Pine Run 3257-K9 48820 Upper Dublin Township $1,250,000
Montgomery Indian Creek Road Bridge 28076 Lower Salford Township $718,200
Montgomery Lincoln Avenue Bridge 42587 Hatfield Borough $1,287,500
Montgomery Pulaski Drive Bridge 28142 Whitpain Township $2,150,000
2014 Projects
Bucks Rockhill Road Bridge over Three Mile Run 7599 East Rockhill Township $1,059,094
Bucks Forsythia Crossing over Mill Creek 48823 Middletown Township $394,133
Chester Howellville Road Bridge over Norfolk Southern Corpoeration 10821 Tredyffrin Township $2,100,000
Chester Kulp Road Bridge over Pigeon Creek 10774 East Coventry Township $675,000
Chester East Boot Road Bridge over Ridley Creek 10781 Eash Goshen Township $500,000
Chester Dowlin Forge Bridge over Shamona Creek 10829 Uwchlan Township $207,000
Delaware South Swarthmore Avenue Bridge over Stoney Creek 15432 Ridley Township $980,000
Delaware Bullens Lane Bridge over Crum Creek 15433 Ridley Township $980,000
Montgomery Virginia Drive over Pine Run Bridge 28046 Upper Dublin Township $2,165,000
Montgomery Virginia Drive over Pine Run Bridge 28044 Upper Dublin Township $1,850,000
Montgomery Walnut Street Bridge over West Branch of Neshaminy Creek 28019 Hatfield Township $1,613,000
Montgomery County Line Road Bridge over Crum Creek 28052 Douglass Township $594,500