Beneficial Use of Bridge Demolition Debris
Federal Public Law 109-59; Section 1805 requires the Illinois Department of
Transportation to first make the debris from the demolition of bridges available
for beneficial use by a Federal, State, or local government, unless such use
obstructs navigation. Beneficial use is defined as shore erosion control or
stabilization, ecosystem restoration, or marine habitat creation. For this
purpose, demolition material is considered debris if the department does not
otherwise identify use of the material in the project documents.
A recipient of the debris shall (1) bear the additional cost associated with
having the debris made available; (2) ensure that placement of the debris
complies with applicable law; and (3) assume all future legal responsibility
arising from the placement of the debris. Any agency interested in receiving
debris should review the latest Proposed Highway Improvement Program available
on the department’s web site at
www.dot.il.gov/opp/planning.html to determine planned bridge demolition
In order to incorporate the disposition of debris into the contract documents
and to enter into an intergovernmental agreement, the recipient agency should
contact the appropriate district office at least 16 weeks prior to the letting.
Please go to
www.dot.il.gov/idotmap.html to determine the appropriate district office.
Requests made less than 16 weeks prior to the letting may be accommodated after
the letting. The recipient agency will be responsible for any additional cost.