(1) The department [of ecology] must amend the categorical exemption available to
Washington department of transportation projects under WAC 197-11-800(26) as of July 24, 2015, so that the same categorical exemption applies to structurally
deficient city, town, or county bridge repair or replacement projects.
(2) For purposes of this section, “structurally deficient” means a bridge that is classified as in poor condition under the state bridge condition
rating system and is reported by the state to the national bridge inventory as having
a deck, superstructure, or substructure rating of four or below. Structurally deficient bridges are characterized by deteriorated conditions of significant
bridge elements and potentially reduced load-carrying capacity. Bridges deemed structurally deficient typically require significant maintenance
and repair to remain in service, and require major rehabilitation or replacement to
address the underlying deficiency.
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