Governor Whitmer Announces Biggest Ever Investment in Michigan's Bridges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

January 14, 2022 

Contact: press@michigan.gov 

Governor Whitmer Announces Biggest Ever Investment in Michigan's Bridges 

Expected $563.1 million over five years will improve commutes, keep families safer on the road, support thousands of good-paying jobs 

LANSING, Mich. - Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years to build, repair, or replace bridges. This is the biggest ever investment in Michigan's bridges, made possible by passage of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Federal Highway Administration will invest $27.5 billion over five years to build bridges and support tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. 

"Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Michigan is expected receive $563.1 million over five years to support thousands of good-paying jobs and build or fix hundreds of bridges," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "I look forward to using these resources to put Michiganders first, improving countless commutes and keeping families safe on the road. We will work with our federal and local partners to invest this historic amount of resources into communities in every region of Michigan. Together, we will build up Michigan's infrastructure the right way, with the right mix and materials, to ensure it stays fixed and helps generations of Michiganders thrive." 

"The Michigan Department of Transportation welcomes this historic infusion of resources to back our efforts to repair, replace, or rehabilitate Michigan's bridges," said Paul Ajegba, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. "We will collaborate with our local partners and stay focused on investing these resources where they are needed most, fixing bridges in critical condition in counties across Michigan. We have made meaningful progress over the last couple of years, and I look forward to so much more because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law." 

"The Biden-Harris Administration is thrilled to launch this program to fix thousands of bridges across the 

country - the largest investment of its kind in U.S. history," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "Modernizing America's bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth and make people's lives better in every part of the country - in rural, suburban, city, and tribal communities." 

"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," said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. "It will also modernize them to withstand the effects of climate change and to make them safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. Every state has bridges in poor condition and in need of repair, including bridges with weight restrictions that may force lengthy detours for travelers, school buses, first responders or trucks carrying freight." 

Michigan is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years under the new program to repair or replace bridges. The Michigan Department of Transportation expects to replace 24 bridges and help local road agencies repair 129 local bridges.  

Nationwide, the Bridge Formula Program is expected to help repair approximately 15,000 bridges. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure, which will grow the economy, enhance U.S. competitiveness in the world, create good jobs, and make our transportation system more sustainable and equitable.  

The Federal Highway Administration released the first tranche ofBridge Formula Program funding to states for Fiscal Year 2022in addition to theprogram guidance. For a map of bridges, please see https://infobridge.fhwa.dot.gov/andUSDOT FY 2022 State Bridges Funding and Condition (arcgis.com). Here is State-by-state BFP funding Fiscal Years 2022-2026. 

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