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DOT Grants $225M in Funds for Rural Bridge Projects

Friday, September 6, 2019

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Late last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $225 million in grant funding for a number of road and bridge projects in rural areas, a move that was part of the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. These recipients were the program's first.

According to the DOT, the program was created from 2018’s appropriated funding. Money went to 20 projects—from Alabama to North Dakota—represented by 18 state departments of transportation.

“This $225 million in federal funding will enable 18 states to make vital upgrades to select bridges in rural areas,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Competitive Highway Bridge Program

Funding was geared toward projects in states with fewer than 100 people per square mile; only 25 states ended up meeting these qualifications. Additionally, the funding needed to be used on highway bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects on public roads that bundle at least “two highway bridge projects into a single contract.”

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Late last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $225 million in grant funding for a number of road and bridge projects in rural areas, a move that was part of the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. These recipients were the program's first.

The largest grant, totaling $33.4 million, went to the Iowa DOT for the improvement of 77 bridges that ranked in poor or fair condition. Currently, nearly 20% of the state’s bridges are rated as structurally deficient.

Other projects that received funding include:

  • Missouri receiving $20.7 million for improving the condition of 41 bridges that are in poor condition;
  • Maine receiving $18.9 million for the improvement of four bridges along I-295, along with receiving another $6.1 million for the improvement of another three bridges; and
  • Arkansas receiving $16.1 million for bettering the condition of 14 bridges in poor shape, among other projects.

“The projects funded under the program will serve as models for similar bridge improvement projects throughout the nation,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason. “They are examples of how to achieve time and cost savings through innovation.”

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Grants; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair

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