Bridge Capital Improvement Program

Cumberland County owns and maintains 19 bridges and shares joint ownership and maintenance responsibilities with York County for an additional 9 bridges of varying type, size and age. The County closely monitors the condition of these bridges through mandated inspections. As these bridges require repairs or replacement, many factors go into determining a timeline for the work. To date, 12 of these bridges are structurally deficient. The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) outlines nearly $15 million of bridge maintenance and replacement projects over the next 6 years. Federal and State funds are an important part of the County’s bridge program. When Federal and State funding is approved for a project, the County will only need to incur 5% of the project cost. While State and Federal funds are desirable to keep the County’s cost to a minimum, they come with administrative and regulatory requirements that must be closely followed. Federal and State funded projects may take six to twelve months longer than similar projects funded entirely with local funds.

For detailed information on our current bridge projects, see our Bridge Capital Improvement Plan Map.

  1. Competing Priorities
  2. Repair or Replace
  3. Funding
  4. What If
  5. FAQ

The County has more bridges than it has funding and therefore must focus limited resources on the highest priority bridges. While the County wants to address every bridge need as soon as possible, funding constraints require that some projects are deferred while others are completed. This sometimes leads to extended closures of bridges that are structurally deficient but lack funding to address the need.

The average age of the County owned bridges is 78 years old with 11 bridges that are over 100 years old.  Nineteen of the bridges are functionally obsolete (meaning that their curb-to-curb widths and traffic safety features, guide rail, barriers, etc. are substandard by current design and construction standards) and 12 bridges are structurally deficient, meaning one or more of the bridges support components contain significant deterioration.  Bridge replacement/repair is prioritized based upon their respective state of condition (structural condition, estimated remaining lifespan, and load postings) and function in the community (width, daily traffic and detour length).