States receive nearly $60 billion in federal funds for roads and bridges

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced on Tuesday that it has released nearly $60 billion in funds for 12 formula programs supporting critical infrastructure investments.

The $59.9 billion for fiscal year 2023 will be used to rebuild roads, bridges and tunnels, reduce carbon emissions and improve safety under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL). The funds will go directly to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to help make the nation’s transportation system more efficient, officials said.

“America’s roads and bridges are the lifelines of our transportation system, connecting people and goods across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Because of President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, today we are sending historic levels of funding to every state to help upgrade the roads and bridges that Americans rely on every day.”

In fiscal year 2022, the BIL is being used to address lagging infrastructure needs in every state, including supporting repairs on more than 2,400 bridges; funding more than $200 million of projects in 21 states under the PROTECT formula program (Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient and Economical Transportation); supported improvements on more than 5,300 projects under the Road Safety Improvement Program, including 155 roundabout projects; and funded more than 6,000 projects under the National Highway Performance Program.

Projects funded included the replacement of the I-270 bridge over the Mississippi River in Illinois; resiliency improvements to the I-20 Wateree River Bridge in South Carolina; road safety audits along rural corridors in Tennessee to identify needed safety improvements; and replacing a dangerous intersection on US-50 in Pueblo, Colorado with an interchange that improves safety and connectivity for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and freight flows.

FY23 funding levels increase funding for the Bridge Formula program by 391% and increase the Appalachian Development Highway System by 146%. Funding for FY23 represents a total increase of $15.4 billion in formula programs over FY21.

“These historic investments in U.S. infrastructure give states the flexibility they need to determine how to allocate funds to replace failing bridges, improve safety for all road users, and reduce carbon emissions by improving transportation infrastructure for communities in every state,” Acting said. Stephanie Pollack, Federal Highways Administrator. “This funding we are announcing today will allow states to continue the important work of President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which will make our infrastructure safer and more efficient for the tens of millions of American families who depend on it for getting to school, work and critical medical care every day.

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