Alaska to receive $225M in federal funds for bridge repair
Added 01-17-22 03:23:01pm EST - “Alaska will receive $225 million over the next five years to repair the state's 141 bridges that are in poor condition, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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Alaska will receive $225 million over the next five years to repair the state's 141 bridges that are in poor condition, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The money for the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program – or Bridge Formula Program – comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden.
The program also designated $825 million over the next five years for the Tribal Transportation Facilities, and Alaska's tribes will receive a share of that, according to information on the DOT's website.
Alaska will receive $45 million in fiscal year 2022, according to the DOT. The funding will be split with $38.3 million going toward state bridges and $6.8 million going to bridges owned by a city, town, county or other local agency, also known as off-system bridges. The usual practice of requiring states to provide 20% of federal bridge repair funding for off-system bridges has been waived and entities can use 100% of federal funds for the projects.
"This record amount of funding, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will allow states and Tribal governments to fix the bridges most in need of repair,” Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “It will also modernize bridges to withstand the effects of climate change and to make them safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians."
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