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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 000-92003; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
DSR ID# 62345 ; State Route 4001 Bridge
Citation: FEMA-1130-DR-PA; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Reference: Bridge Repair, 50% Rule
Summary: As a result of July 1996, flooding, damages occurred to the wing walls and an abutment of a 17 foot-wide and 16 foot-long bridge on State Route 4001 at Two Mile Run Creek. DSR 62345 was approved for $36,667 based on estimated quantities and FEMA cost codes. The subgrantee appealed for replacement of the bridge based on the infeasibility of FEMA's bridge repair method. Estimates for the repair and the replacement were provided without supporting documentation. FEMA responded that the proposed repair procedures were not uncommon and that PennDot presented no study to indicate that it was infeasible. FEMA did use the unit costs from the contracted work for actual replacement costs, increasing the eligible repair costs to $65,419. The second appeal was similar to the first.
Issues: 1) Is the bridge repairable? 2) Should the first appeal determination be overturned?
Findings: 1) Yes. The repair methods are commonly used repair and no engineering evaluations were presented to indicate that the repairs could not be implemented. 2) No. The replacement is not eligible because the repair can be performed and the cost of the repair is less than 50% of the cost of replacement ($317,618).
Rationale: 1) The information available does not demonstrate that the repair could not be performed. The subgrantee did not perform engineering evaluations to support their argument. 2) The repair cost to the predisaster design is less than 50% of the cost to replace the bridge to current codes, in accordance with the FEMA policy and guidance on the 50% Rule.