language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to bridges; providing for ongoing prioritization of bridge projects;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 165.14, subdivision 4, by adding a subdivision.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) The commissioner shall classify all bridges in the program into tier 1, 2, or 3 bridges, where tier 1 is the highest tier. Unless the commissioner identifies a reason for proceeding otherwise, before commencing bridge projects in a lower tier, all bridge projects within a higher tier must to the extent feasible be selected and funded in the approved state transportation improvement program, at any stage in the project development process, solicited for bids, in contract negotiation, under construction, or completed.
(b) The classification of each tier is as follows:
(1) tier 1 consists of any bridge in the program that (i) has an average daily traffic count that is above 1,000 and has a sufficiency rating that is at or below 50, or (ii) is identified by the commissioner as a priority project;
(2) tier 2 consists of any bridge that is not a tier 1 bridge, and (i) is classified as fracture-critical, or (ii) has a sufficiency rating that is at or below 80; and
(3) tier 3 consists of any other bridge in the program that is not a tier 1 or tier 2 bridge.
(c) By June 30, 2018, all tier 1 and tier 2 bridges originally included in the program must be under contract for repair or replacement with a new bridge that contains a load-path-redundant design, except that a specific bridge may remain in continued service if the reasons are documented in the report required under subdivision 5.
(d) The commissioner shall establish criteria for determining the priority of bridge projects within each tier, and must include safety considerations as a criterion.
Presented to the governor March 29, 2010
Signed by the governor April 1, 2010, 9:56 a.m.