Funds are provided to the States under the IBRD program to pay the Federal share of the cost of projects that demonstrate innovative accelerated bridge design and construction technology, and the application of innovative material technology in the repair, rehabilitation, replacement, or new construction of bridges and other highway structures. This program is funded by SAFETEA-LU, Section 5101(a)(1) at $13.1 M for each of the fiscal years 2005 through 2009. Of this amount, $4.125 M for fiscal years 2006 through 2009 is directed to conduct research and deploy technology related to high-performance concrete bridges.
The actual amount available varies in yearly congressional appropriations and is subjected to obligation limitation and rescission.
In accordance with 23 U.S.C. 503(b) (5), the Secretary shall determine the Federal share of the costs for any project eligible under this program. The FHWA Administrator recommends for approval to the Secretary the Federal share for each project considering several factors, including the innovation parts of the project, the amount of funds requested for the project, and the available funding for the program.