Section 2: Adaptive Use Proposal

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General Discussion

Adaptive uses for historic bridges are determined during the project planning process and are developed in consultation with BRG and Environmental Affairs Division (ENV); therefore, obtaining a structural assessment prior to making any decisions on adaptive uses is vital to ensure that the most prudent and feasible preservation alternative is selected.

If both the structural assessment and the project's need and purpose allow for an adaptive use of a historic bridge, the district, in consultation with ENV HIST, develops a request for adaptive use proposals through marketing efforts. Selection of the adaptive use proposal is made by ENV HIST and BRG in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).

The entity, whether the current owner or prospective owner, proposing the best adaptive use of the historic bridge is referred to as the recipient. The recipient is responsible for expanding the proposal, as necessary to fit the proposed adaptive use, by including a conceptual plan for preservation of the historic bridge.

The conceptual plan includes:

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  • a description of the proposed location including a map or sketch, if being relocated;
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  • a description of the proposed intended use of the historic bridge;
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  • a description of the proposed rehabilitation work to be performed on the historic bridge by the recipient, if any;
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  • a description of the project timeline, funding sources for rehabilitation, and any storage plans for the bridge.

HIST has prepared a reuse proposal checklist to assist prospective recipients in developing a conceptual plan. The checklist can be found on TxDOT ENV’s website.

Conceptual plans must be reviewed and approved by BRG and ENV. Once approved, conceptual plans will be presented to the SHPO and the other consulting parties for their concurrence. An agreement will then be developed and executed. The agreement will include the conceptual plan proposal as the Exhibit A, thus making it part of the Agreement (see Chapter 4, Section 1).

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