DOT allocates $16 billion to Pennsylvania bridges repair
The US Department of Transportation is providing $26.5 billion to repair bridges across the country.
According to the White House, this is the largest investment in bridge construction since the creation of the interstate highway system.
The Bridge Restoration, Preservation, Protection and Building Program (the Bridge Formula Program) was made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in November.
The program includes $26.5 billion over five interstate years.
“The Biden-Harris Administration is thrilled to launch this program to fix thousands of bridges across the country,” said DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Modernizing America’s bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth, and make people’s lives better in every part of the country – across rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities.”
The goal is to repair 15,000 bridges across the country.
“Every state has bridges in poor condition and in need of repair, including bridges with weight restrictions that may force lengthy detours for travelers, school buses, first-responders or trucks carrying freight,”noticed Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack .
During fiscal year 2022, states will receive the following investments:
- Pennsylvania — $.16 billion for 3,353 bridges.
- California — $4.2 billion for 1,536 bridges.
- New York — $1.9 billion for 1,702 bridges.
- Illinois — $1.4 billion for 2,374 bridges.
- New Jersey — $1.1 billion for 502 bridges.
- Massachusetts — $1.1 billion for 472 bridges.
- Louisiana — $1 billion for 1,634 bridges.
“This record amount of funding, made possible by a bipartisan infrastructure bill, will enable state and tribal governments to fix the bridges most in need of repair,” the authorities said.
“This will improve the condition of bridges to withstand the effects of climate change and to make them safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians.”