California receives millions in federal funds for bridge repairs – NBC Bay Area

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California will soon receive $849.4 million in federal funds to repair and improve 1,536 bridges across the state through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, announced Friday.

Over the next five years, California will receive $4.2 billion of the $110 billion the Biden administration plans to administer for road and bridge repair projects nationwide. The funds represent the largest investment in rebuilding America’s highways since the Interstate Highway System was established in 1956, according to the legislation’s fact sheet.

Congress approved the $1.2 trillion spending bill in November, which also promises to create 1.5 million jobs a year over the next 10 years, provide clean water for families , to provide high-speed Internet access to all Americans, to improve public transportation, to strengthen the country’s airports. and ports and investing in a zero emissions future.

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will create millions of jobs while fixing our bridges across California, Thompson said in a statement. “I am proud to announce the first round of funding that is underway to connect our communities, grow our economy and make our bridges safe for generations to come. »

The senses. Americans Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, also expressed support for the infrastructure law.

“This funding will go a long way toward increasing the safety, stability, and lifespan of our state’s bridges, especially in the face of earthquakes. This funding will also generate well-paying jobs in communities across California,” said Feinstein in a statement.

Padilla said the bridges are critical to California’s economy because they help commuters get to work and move goods through the supply chain.

“Investing in our bridges will create well-paying jobs, improve motorist safety and keep our economy moving,” Padilla said in a statement.

Funding will also be available for bridges on tribal lands, as well as “off-system” bridges, meaning any infrastructure not on the federal highway system. States will be encouraged to allocate funds to out-of-system bridges owned by local county and city agencies.

Federal funding traditionally requires states or local governments to match amounts up to 20%, but this funding can instead be used immediately.

“The Biden-Harris administration is thrilled to launch this program to repair thousands of bridges across the country, the largest such investment in U.S. history,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a statement. “Upgrading America’s bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth and improve the lives of people in all parts of the country – in rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities.”

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