States receive bridge planning grants totaling $18.4M
Washington D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration awarded the first round of grants from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Bridge Investment Program.
The first round of planning grants will provide $18.4 million to 23 projects in 23 states that improve safety, support economic competition, and provide resilient highway infrastructure to withstand the effects of climate change. Planning grants allow the USDOT to aid in the development of projects that could later apply for construction grants.
Some of the projects include:
- The city of Seattle in Washington will receive $2.4 million to plan for the replacement of the 4th Street Bridge over the Argo Railyard, following a previous seismic retrofit that identified costs were such that replacement was the best option.
- The city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania will receive $1.56 million for a planning and feasibility study to rehabilitate 18 bridges located over electrified rail lines primarily operated by Amtrak and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority.
- The Connecticut Department of Transportation will receive $1 million for a study to develop and examine preliminary alternatives for replacing the Interstate 95 bridge near exits 7-9 through the city of Stamford.
- The Kodiak Island Borough in Alaska will receive $1.28 million for the Kodiak Sargent Creek and Russian River Bridges Planning Study.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Bridge Investment Program will invest $12.5 billion over five years, $20 million dedicated to Bridge Planning Grants in fiscal year 2022.