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DOT Announces $500M in TIGER Funding

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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The United States Department of Transportation has announced its latest round of TIGER grant awards, distributing $500 million to 41 infrastructure projects as part of a program that may be discontinued in the coming year.

Rail bridge repairs in Idaho, highway bridge expansion in New Hampshire and a new coating job for an aging international bridge are among the projects set to receive funds through the program, officially known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery. Instituted in 2009, TIGER has provided more than $5 billion in funding for critical projects that aren’t generally funded under other DOT programs.

Bridge Coating, Repair, Replacement

Notable projects to be funded through the FY2017 round of TIGER grants include the following.

The Route 37 Corridor Safety Sweep Project, in Rhode Island, will receive a $20 million grant toward the replacement of four bridges, the rehabilitation of two others and the preservation of nine more, in addition to road work to ease traffic bottlenecks on Route 37 in Cranston and Warwick. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will administer the project, at a total cost of just over $40 million. The 15 bridges are classified by the state as “obsolete.”

Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge
Hans Raffelt, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, designed by Modjeski and Masters and opened in 1960, will be subject to a coating-removal and repainting job totaling $4.15 million.

The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, connecting Ogdensburg, New York, with Johnstown, Ontario, is the subject of a $2 million grant to replace a failing lead-paint system on its U.S. approach spans. The suspension bridge, designed by Modjeski and Masters and opened in 1960, will be subject to a coating-removal and repainting job totaling $4.15 million, including structural repairs if needed. The entire plate girder, cross bracing, laterals, fascia channel, curb and sidewalk support steel and transverse floor beams will be recoated; a zinc-based system will be used to replace the previous lead paint. The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority will administer the project.

The Penquis Region Rural Bridge Project, in Maine, will receive $10.8 million toward replacing three “structurally deficient or failure-critical” highway bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties, in the center of the state. The $21.7 million project, administered by the Maine Department of Transportation, will help to preserve vital transportation links for the forestry industry and improve safety in the region.

The Route 3, Ramp A and Bridge over Rail Lines, in North Bergen, New Jersey, a No. 1 priority project for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, will receive $18.3 million toward its overall $28.5 million cost. The new bridge will take two lanes of traffic and a sidewalk over two rail lines near the North Bergen Park and Ride facility.

Several rail bridge projects are also funded through TIGER, including:

  • Repair of the Jaype to Lewiston Rail Line, in Idaho, $3.2 million;
  • Securing Multimodal Freight Corridors in the Ozarks, a project rehabilitating three rail bridges in Fort Smith, Arkansas, $8.5 million; and
  • Wabash River Rail Bridge Infrastructure Revitalization, replacing two freight rail approaches to the bridge in Indiana, $10 million.

A full list and description of TIGER recipients for this round is available here.

Program Future Questionable

President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 does not include funding for the TIGER program; projects that previously would have sought funding under TIGER would presumably seek funding through a new infrastructure program like the proposal rolled out by the Trump administration last month.

Last year, Trump’s budget proposal did not include TIGER funding, but Congress reinstated money for the popular program.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Government; Government contracts

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