Authorities undertook new bridges projects in four states

January 21, 20230

Nearly $40 billion will be awarded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act’s competitive investment program for bridge reconstruction.

Within five years, the 10 most economically significant bridges in the country, as well as thousands of bridges across the country, will be repaired and restored.

Ohio

The Brent Spence Bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River between Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, will receive $1.385 billion.

The bridge project includes the construction of a new companion bridge to the west of the existing bridge to improve interstate traffic, as well as a complete refurbishment of the eight-mile interstate access corridors in Ohio and Kentucky, replacing 54 bridges.

The bridge carries about $400 billion worth of cargo annually, according to the Department of Transportation. The project will separate I-75 traffic from local traffic and improve the flow of freight along this important route.

California

The Golden Gate Bridge, California Highway and Transportation District will receive $400 million to replace, upgrade, and install critical bridge structural elements to improve earthquake resilience.

The Golden Gate Bridge is vital to the 37 million vehicles that cross the bridge, as well as to waterborne trade through the Golden Gate Strait, which is connected to the Port of Auckland.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will receive $158 million to restore the northern structure of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, which is part of the Interstate 95 corridor across the Thames between New London and Groton, Connecticut.

The bridge has five lanes and 42,600 vehicles per day and is a vital connection on the I-95 corridor for people and goods traveling between New York and New England.

Chicago

Work will focus on increasing payload capacity and removing the load limit for overweight vehicles. Chicago will receive $144 million to restore four bridges across the Calumet River in Chicago’s South Side.

The Calumet River connects Lake Michigan to the Lake Calumet Port District, which is further connected to the Illinois River, providing access to the Gulf of Mexico. Each bridge is lifted an average of 5,000 times per year, providing continuous and safe access for maritime transport to the port and surrounding industries.

The restoration of these bridges ensures that communities on both sides of the river remain connected and the bridges continue to function, allowing barges and ships to pass to and from the Illinois International Port.

The project will eliminate loading restrictions and truck detours.

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