$60bn released for repairs to America’s crumbling roads and bridges

An aerial view of the Colorado River Bridge and the Hoover Dam in Nevada, Arizona (Vanja Terzic/Dreamstime)
The US Department of Transportation has released $60bn in funding for bridge and road repair. The money is part of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal that President Biden signed into law in November.

The funding will be allocated by the Federal Highway Administration as formula grants, which are set by congress and issued to states, transit agencies and tribal recipients.

Work will be carried out under three headings:

  • A carbon reduction programme
  • The promotion of “resilient operations for transformative, efficient and cost-saving transportation”
  • A national electric vehicle infrastructure programme.

Pete Buttigieg, US transportation secretary, said: “America’s roads and bridges are the vital arteries of our transportation system, connecting people and goods across the country.

“Because of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, today we are sending historic levels of funding to every state to help modernise the roads and bridges Americans rely on every day.”

Stephanie Pollack, acting federal highway administrator, added: “These historic investments in American infrastructure give states the flexibility they need to determine how to allocate funds in order to replace deficient bridges, improve safety for all road users, and reduce carbon emissions by improving transportation infrastructure for communities throughout each state.”

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