General Grant Program Information
The Bridge Investment Program (BIP) provides funding for bridge replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, and protection projects that reduce the number of bridges in poor condition, or in fair condition at risk of declining into poor condition.
A Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required for this grant program. For more information about BCA's, see What is a BCA? and the USDOT's Benefit-Cost Analysis Guidance for Discretionary Grants.
Eligible projects are those aiming to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of people and freight over bridges, improve the condition of the nation’s bridges by reducing either the number of bridges and total person miles traveled over bridges that are in poor or at-risk condition, or the number of bridges in similar condition or with similar person mileage that do not meet current geometric design standards or cannot meet the load and traffic requirements typical of the regional transportation network.
Eligible applicants include a state or a group of states (or their political subdivisions), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that serve an urbanized area (as designated by the Bureau of the Census) with a population over 200,000, local governments or a group of local governments, special purpose districts, a public authority with a transportation function, federal land management agencies (FLMAs), Tribal governments or consortia of Tribal governments, and multijurisdictional groups of entities as described above.
The BIP has three categories of awards, each requiring a separate application: planning level projects, bridge projects (<$100 million), and large bridge projects (>$100 million). For large bridge projects, the cost-sharing is 50 percent federal, while standard bridge projects are 80 percent federal. Eligible applicants may submit applications for any of the three funding categories, but each category has distinct eligibility and selection criteria and application deadlines.
Large Bridge Projects that receive a BIP award of not less than $100 million are eligible for multiyear grants in accordance with an agreement and in alignment with its schedule. In selecting bridge projects and large bridge projects, FHWA will consider the extent to which BIP funds leverage non-federal contributions from sponsors and stakeholders involved in the planning, design, and construction of eligible projects.
A total of $2.36 billion in 2022 BIP funds are available for the Bridge Projects and Large Bridge Projects funding opportunities.
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