US 80 BAYOU FIFI BRIDGE

HAUGHTON, BOSSIER PARISH, LOUISIANA

LADOTD Structure No. 04080010310271
Recall No. 012160 

 

 

 

 

 

 Description of the Bridge

The US 80 Bayou Eastbound Bayou Fifi Bridge (Structure No. 04080010310271, Recall No. 012160) is a concrete deck girder bridge built in 1934 to carry US 80 traffic over Bayou Fifi. It is located in Haughton, Bossier Parish (approximately latitude 32.555569, longitude -93.585995). The overall bridge length is approximately 162 feet composed of (4) four 40-foot slab spans.

 

National Register of Historic Places Eligibility

Through consultation between the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer (LASHPO) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the bridge has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)under Criterion A: Politics/Government and Transportation for its association with important trends or events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of Louisiana history. Its significance is demonstrated through its association with the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) program during the Depression Era to provide work relief and improved infrastructure. Bridge construction was part of the New Deal federal relief efforts during the Depression. No evidence was found during research or data collection activities to indicate that this bridge possesses a direct and important association with Design/Engineering. This bridge does not possess significance under Criterion C.

 

Status of the Bridge

The bridge is owned by LADOTD and currently carries US 80 eastbound traffic across Bayou Fifi.

LADOTD, in conjunction with the FHWA, proposes the replacement of the US 80 Bayou Fifi Bridges (eastbound and westbound) (approximate latitude 32.555569, longitude -93.585995). US 80 westbound (Structure No. 04080010310272, Recall No. 012170), through the Louisiana Historic Bridge Inventory (LHBI), has been determined not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). US 80 eastbound (Structure No. 04080010310271, Recall No. 012160), through the LHBI, has been determined eligible for the NRHP. A number of alternatives have been considered, including rehabilitation and replacement of the bridges. The preferred alternative, determined through the NEPA process, will include the replacement of both the eastbound and westbound bridges and construction of two new two lane bridges. US 80 will remain open during construction, and traffic will be maintained at all times by construction of a diversion in the median. Traffic will be shifted from one side of the roadway to the other as each bridge is built to accommodate eastbound and westbound US 80 traffic and to allow uninterrupted traffic on US 80 over Bayou Fifi. The current US 80 Eastbound Bayou Fifi Bridge, if not transferred to a new owner, would be demolished.

 

The US 80 Eastbound Bayou Fifi Bridge was included in LADOTD’s Historic Bridge Inventory and was categorized as a Preservation Candidate for Historic Preservation due to its condition and configuration and the possibility that it may or may not be modified to meet transportation criteria and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior standards for the treatment of historic bridges. It was included in the Programmatic Agreement Among the FHWA, the LADOTD, the ACHP and the LASHPO regarding Management of Historic Bridges in Louisiana, executed September 21, 2015, hereinafter referred to as the Historic Bridge Programmatic Agreement (HBPA), viewable at this web link:

 

http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/administration/public_info/projects/home.aspx?key=48

 

The preferred alternative results in an adverse effect to the historic bridge. As per the HBPA Stipulation (VII.D.1, 2 and 5), to partially mitigate the Adverse Effect to this historic bridge, the bridge is being marketed to other entities for non-vehicular, adaptive re-use for historic preservation either at its current location or in another location. Parties interested in acquiring this bridge for adaptive, non-vehicular use should read the stipulations for bridge ownership transfer below. This bridge will be marketed until January 15, 2018. If ownership of the bridge is not transferred to another entity, it will be demolished.

 

Contact Robin Daigle at robin.daigle@la.gov or 225-242-4508 by January 15, 2019 if you are interested in acquiring this bridge for non-vehicular, adaptive re-use or if you have questions on submitting a proposal.

 

Approximate Dimensions of the Bridge

The overall bridge length is approximately 162 feet by 24 feet wide composed of (4) four 40-foot slab spans.

 

Funds for Adaptive Reuse of the Bridge

Costs associated with preservation of the bridge by a new owner, such as lead abatement, transportation, engineering, reassembly, etc., either in its current location or at another location, would be eligible for reimbursement to the new owner in a total amount not to exceed the estimated demolition cost. Payment of the salvage value (see below) by the new owner to LADOTD would not be a reimbursable cost.

Stipulations for Bridge Ownership Transfer

The entity receiving the bridge must agree to the following:

The new owner would be charged the salvage value of the concrete deck girder which is estimated to be $100. This amount would not be a reimbursable preservation cost. Available federal funds are limited to the estimated demolition cost which is $76,800.

The bridge may have lead paint requiring abatement which would be the responsibility of the entity who acquires the bridge. The entity must accept full ownership and all financial and legal responsibilities, including, but not limited to, maintenance, liability, and permitting.

The entity shall ensure that the transferred bridge is closed to motorized vehicular traffic (i.e., cars and trucks).

If the bridge is relocated, relocation, reassembly and necessary permitting will be the responsibility of the entity taking ownership.

The proposed use of the transferred bridge will be subject to the approval of FHWA, LADOTD, and LASHPO.

The entity will be required to execute a preservation agreement that will include the above stipulations.

Submitting a Proposal

Interested parties must submit a proposal to LADOTD in writing (either by email or letter) of their interest by January 15, 2019. Please reference project number H.000118 in your proposal.

Send proposals:

Via email: robin.daigle@la.gov

Via mail:

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Section 28

P.O. Box 94245

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245

Attn: Robin Daigle

The proposal must address:

 

Location and use: Where will the bridge be relocated, what will be its new use, and how it will be made accessible to the public?

Setting: Will the bridge continue to maintain a similar crossing as its original site, such as a water crossing or as a separation structure? Does the proposed relocation site have a similar setting as the original location?

Assumption of responsibilities: The new owner must demonstrate understanding of the specific responsibilities they will take over when ownership is transferred, including title and insurance. The proposal must specifically discuss that the new owner will:

a) Maintain the bridge and the features that give the historic bridge its historic significance for a period of at least 20 years; and

b) Assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the historic bridge, which may include an agreement to hold the state transportation department harmless in any liability action.

Rehabilitation: Are there plans prepared for the rehabilitation of the structure on site? Do the plans meet the Secretary of the Interior Standard? In the case of disassembly, are disassembly plans prepared?

Requirements and studies: Describe any additional special requirements for the reuse of the bridge (e.g., if the bridge will be used for pedestrians, railing geometry and capacity restrictions for this use should be considered) and any additional studies or environmental clearances that are needed for the relocation, including potential archaeological survey of new site.

Cost estimate of the cost to relocate the structure and the reinstall at new site, including how funds will be obtained or raised.

Schedule: Outline of the proposed relocation schedule, addressing ability to have bridge off its current site by the scheduled replacement date (to be determined by LADOTD) and plans for temporary storage of the bridge, if needed.

 

Evaluation of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by a selected committee including representatives of LADOTD environmental and bridge staff, and the LASHPO. Each proposal will be reviewed and evaluated based on how well it meets the above proposal criteria. If the first choice in owner withdraws from the process prior to relocation, the bridge will not be re-marketed. Rather, the review committee's second choice in owner, if any, will be selected. The timeframe for relocation will not be re-started with the re-selection; however, a relocation extension may be granted at the owner's discretion. If there is no proposal that meets the above proposal criteria, then the bridge can be demolished.

 

Schedule for review of proposals

Proposals will be reviewed within 2 months of submittal deadline.

Additional information:

If you have questions about the bridge or the process of submitting a proposal please contact Robin Daigle at (225) 242-4520 or robin.daigle@la.gov.