Highway Administration Launches Largest Bridge Investment Program Since 1956

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), launched its Bridge Formula Program (BFP) —the single largest program dedicated to bridge investment since the Interstate Highway System was established in 1956.

BFP will provide $26.5 billion to states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico over five years (including $5.3 billion in fiscal year 2022).

The program aims to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect, and construct the nation’s bridges.

Annually, each state will receive no less than $45 million — 15% of which will be set aside for “off-system bridges.”

Off-system bridges (i.e., not part of the highway system) are owned by a county, city, town, or other local agency.

As authorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, BFP would allow states to use 100% federal funding to repair or rehabilitate off-system bridges.

FHWA encourages states to prioritize projects that would replace bridges classified in “poor” condition and rehabilitate or repair bridges classified in “fair” condition.

States are also encouraged to use the funding to address highway-bridge challenges that “impede the mobility of goods (e.g., freight).”

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Jan. 27, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.

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