The Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation announced the first round of grants from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act's (IIJA) selective Bridge Investment Program. These grants will fund 23 projects in as many states and will be directed toward the early stages of project development.
“Bridges represent more than just their physical structures—they connect people and communities and make it easier to go about our daily lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These grants will help communities across the country move forward to modernize their bridges and make it easier for people and goods to move quickly, reliably, and safely to their destinations.”
This initial planning phase of the program aims to identify a pipeline of potential bridge projects that will ultimately receive construction grants during the implementation phase of the IIJA. “Through the Bridge Investment Program, we are helping communities as they plan to restore and replace bridges that play vital roles for the people who use them in their daily lives. Planning for these activities is a critical step before construction can get underway,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack.
The IIJA's Bridge Investment program invests $12.5 billion over a five year period. This is the largest amount invested in bridges since the Interstate Highway System was built.
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