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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $225 Million in Grants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the recipients of $225 million in Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP) grant funding. Awarded to 20 projects in 18 states, the grants will fund a variety of bridge improvements including replacement and rehabilitation.

“This $225 million in federal funding will enable 18 states to make vital upgrades to select bridges in rural areas,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

By law, the funds were restricted to states with population densities of less than 100 people per square-mile based on Census data. Twenty-five states met program qualifications.

The funds must be used for highway bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects on public roads that leverage the efficiencies associated with "bundling" at least two highway bridge projects into a single contract. Bundling offers cost and time savings, which are beneficial to reducing the transportation project backlog. It allows the opportunity to address many projects facing similar needs using innovative replacement and rehabilitation strategies in a cost-effective manner.

The 20 projects selected significantly demonstrate these benefits and support the Department’s priorities.

“The projects funded under the program will serve as models for similar bridge improvement projects throughout the nation,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason. “They are examples of how to achieve time and cost savings through innovation.” 

Congress funded the CHBP grant program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, from the U.S. Treasury's General Fund. State Departments of Transportation in the 25 eligible states were invited to apply under the program.

Click here for more information on the program.

FY 2018 Competitive Bridge Program Grants

State

Project Name

Project Description

Funding

AL

I-85 Exit 60, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and Long Street Bridge Replacement Project

Improves six bridges in poor or fair condition and improves a section of interstate resulting in a boost for both local and regional economies.

$10,855,000

AK

South Seward Highway Bridge Project

Improves the condition of three bridges in poor or fair condition and uses innovative techniques to accelerate bridge construction. It will ensure continued service to Seward from Anchorage via a land route.

$11,567,000

AZ

US 191 Bridge Bundling Project

Improves the condition of bridges in poor and fair condition and uses innovative techniques to accelerate bridge construction. The project will improve and maintain the reliability of the transportation route though the Navajo Nation.

$10,365,000

AR

Osceola Area Economic Development Project

The project improves the condition of 14 bridges in poor condition, and supports the local economy.

$16,161,000

CO

Concrete Box Culvert and Corrugated Metal Pipe Culvert Program

Improves the condition of up to 14 bridges in poor or fair condition with innovative project delivery techniques. It will ensure key routes will not require future load restrictions in southern and western Colorado.

$12,475,000

ID

Local Technical Assistance Council Project

The project improves eight bridges in poor condition, supports the economy and improves the connectivity of local roads.  

$6,289,000

IA

Bridges for Iowa's Future

Improves the condition of up to 77 bridges in poor or fair condition or that are load posted and will use accelerated bridge construction technologies. It will improve several farm-to-market routes across the state.

$33,442,000

KS

Gray, Clark, and Meade County Bridge Bundle

Improves five load-restricted bridges. The project will support the local economy by removing load restrictions and widening the bridges.

$3,913,000

ME

Franklin County Bridges Project

Improves the condition of three bridges in poor condition. The project promotes the use of new technologies. It will benefit the region’s forest products industry and tourism.

$6,118,000

ME

I-295 Bridges Project

Improves the condition of four bridges in poor condition using accelerated bridge construction technologies. It will benefit the region’s economy and tourism.

$18,938,000

MN

District 1/St. Louis County Bridge Bundling Project

The project will improve the condition of 21 bridges in poor condition and will benefit the region’s local industries.

$10,252,000

MS

Bridge Replacements in Lincoln, Marion, Jefferson Davis, and Walthall Counties

Improves the condition of eight bridges in poor condition, including three that are currently closed using innovative technologies. It will improve the overall condition of transportation infrastructure and maintain access to life services for residents.

$6,666,000

MS

Bridge Replacements in Tallahatchie, Yalobusha, and Attala Counties

Improves the condition of four bridges in poor condition. This project will improve the overall condition of transportation infrastructure and maintain access to life services for residents along with benefiting the region’s economic activities by improving access to rural Mississippi.

$10,139,000

MO

Fixing Access to Rural Missouri (FARM) Bridge Program

Improves the condition of 41 bridges in poor condition using innovative project delivery methods and accelerated bridge construction techniques. It will benefit the region’s economic activities by improving access to rural Missouri.

$20,794,000

NE

Norfolk Northeast Bridges Project

Improves the condition of seven bridges in poor condition using innovative technology. The project will benefit the region’s truck traffic, farming and recreation economic activities and maintain access to life services for residents.

$8,484,000

NV

I-515 Las Vegas Bridge Replacements

The project will improve the condition of two bridges in poor condition. It will benefit the region’s economic activity by maintaining interstate access.

$9,821,000

ND

Bridge Rural Replacement Program

Improves the condition of 18 bridges in poor condition. The project promotes the use of standard design details for multiple structures. It will reduce freight and heavy vehicle mileage due to detours from load restricted bridges.

$6,511,000

OK

Grant County Bridge Replacement Project

The project will replace 34 bridges in poor or fair condition, improving safety and travel efficiency for motorists.

$3,468,000

OR

Douglas County Bridge Replacement Project

Improves the condition of two bridges in poor condition. The project will support the regional economy by maintaining a link of county roads with access to the Interstate.

$16,495,000

SD

West River Counties Bridge Replacement Project

Improves the condition of four bridges in poor condition.  The project promotes the use of standard design details for multiple structures.  It will benefit the local and regional economy. 

$2,247,000

Total

$225,000,000

Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2019
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