Mutual agreement between jurisdictions, particularly when rebuilding bridges and improving infrastructure, can benefit multiple jurisdictions, resulting in effective cost sharing, and allowing for innovative funding alternatives.
There is broad legal authority permitting local government sponsored Bridge Bundling:
- Units of local government may work together to jointly construct and maintain bridges.
- This authority comes from the extensive powers given under the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act.
Examples of Cross-Jurisdictional Templates
Most common intergovernmental cooperation models are joint local government services financed through traditional local government budget processes, not through public finance mechanisms like a bonding authority that makes it difficult to cover larger capital costs, such as a Bridge Bundling project.