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Nearly $245 Million Heading to Florida to Help Repair and Build Bridges Under Murphy-Backed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Washington, January 14, 2022 | comments

WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that the Federal Highway Administration is launching the largest program to fix bridges in American history, dedicating $49 million this year and a total of $245 million over the next five years to maintain and improve 408 bridges in poor condition, and even more in fair condition, throughout Florida. The funding was included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acthistoric legislation that Murphy fought to get passed last November and that was signed into law by President Biden later that month. The package also includes funding to modernize the nation’s roads, public transit, and ports, and to provide high-speed broadband and clean drinking water to communities throughout the country.

“Central Florida is a rapidly-growing region, and we must modernize our transportation infrastructure to keep up,” said Murphy. “This record-breaking funding to improve bridges in Florida will not only make our communities safer and create better-paying jobs in the region—it will also modernize our bridges to withstand the effects of climate change so we are prepared for the future. This is just the beginning of the incredible outcomes we’re going to achieve with the historic, bipartisan infrastructure law, and I’m excited to see these investments improve the lives of Central Floridians.” Nationwide, the bridge formula program is expected to help repair approximately 15,000 bridges. In Florida, the investment announced today is designed to help repair local bridges that are critical for getting to school and work, moving commerce, and connecting communities. While the guidance from the Federal Highway Administration encourages states to use the funding for bridge repairs, they can also choose to use it for new bridge construction. The law also includes a separate program designed to support larger bridges through a competitive grant program. More information about this program and others included in the infrastructure package will be announced in the coming months. For more information on the Federal Highway Administration’s bridge formula program funding to states and territories, click here.

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