Ga., S.C. to get nearly $500M for bridges under infrastructure law

Georgia and South Carolina will be getting federal funds for bridges.
Georgia and South Carolina will be getting federal funds for bridges.(WRDW)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 12:04 PM EST
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WASHINGTON - Millions in federal funds are coming to Georgia and South Carolina to help address highway bridge needs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday launched the historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program.

The $27 billion program, which will be administered by the Federal Highway Administration, will repair and upgrade roughly 15,000 bridges across the United States.

Part of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law that President Joe Biden signed in November, officials say the program is the single-largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system.

Under the program, South Carolina will receive $274.3 million to improve about 475 bridges in poor condition and preserve and improve the more than 4,750 bridges in fair condition in the state.

Georgia will receive $225 million under the new program to address highway bridge needs. The funding will help improve the condition of about 374 bridges in poor condition and to preserve and improve more than 5,300 bridges in fair condition in the state.

“This record amount of funding, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will allow states and tribal governments to fix the bridges most in need of repair,” Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “It will also modernize bridges to withstand the effects of climate change and to make them safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians.”

Biden plans to speak Friday about progress made in implementing the infrastructure law.

The White House issued a fact sheet in advance of Biden’s remarks that details how the administration is preparing to distribute infrastructure funds.

From reports by WMBF and WRDW/WAGT