The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has launched its historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program), made possible by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
The program represents the largest dedicated investment in a bridge since the construction of the interstate highway system – providing $26.5 billion to the states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over five years and $825 million for tribal transportation facilities.
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In fiscal year 2022, the program, which will be administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will provide $5.3 billion to states, DC and Puerto Rico and $165 million to tribes. The FHWA has also released initial guidelines on the new program.
“The Biden-Harris administration is thrilled to launch this program to repair thousands of bridges across the country – the largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate highway system,” said the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg. “Upgrading America’s bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth and improve the lives of people in all parts of the country – in rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities.”
“This record amount of funding, made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, will allow state and tribal governments to fix the bridges that need repair the most,” said Stephanie Pollack, Deputy Federal Highways Administrator. “It will also modernize bridges to withstand the effects of climate change and make them safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. Every state has bridges in poor condition and in need of repair, including bridges with weight restrictions that can force long detours for travelers, school buses, first responders or trucks carrying goods.
Nationally, the Bridge Formula program is expected to help repair approximately 15,000 highway bridges. In addition to providing funds to states to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect and construct highway bridges, the Bridge Formula Program has allocated funds to Tribal Transportation Facility Bridges as well as “off-system” bridges, which are usually locally owned facilities that are not on the federally subsidized highway system.
The bipartisan infrastructure law includes an incentive for states to direct funds from the new bridge formula program to out-of-system bridges owned by a county, city, town or other local agency. While states generally must match federal funding with up to 20% state or local funding, guidelines released today indicate that federal funds can be used for 100% of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating these bridges out of locally owned system.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act is a one-time infrastructure investment that will grow the economy, improve America’s competitiveness in the world, create good jobs, and make our transportation system more sustainable and fair. Specific to the FHWA, the bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides more than $350 billion over five fiscal years for surface transportation programs.
The FHWA has released the first tranche of Bridge Formula program funding to the states for fiscal year 2022 in addition to program guidance. For a map of the bridges, please see https://infobridge.fhwa.dot.gov/ and USDOT Bridge Formula Program Funding and Terms by State. Here is the state-by-state BFP funding for fiscal years 2022-2026
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