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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 18, 2001
Contact: Jim Pinkelman, (202) 366-0660
FHWA 5-01

U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $61.6 Million for States in Bridge Discretionary Funds

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced that $61.6 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) discretionary funds for 15 bridge projects will be provided to 14 states.

"This funding will strengthen our transportation system, create jobs across the country, and yield significant dividends in terms of safety, mobility and economic growth," Secretary Slater said. "Strategic investments in transportation like these have been an important result of President Clinton and Vice President Gore's commitment to improve America's transportation system."

FHWA discretionary funds are made available upon selection of projects by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation after it is determined that requests from states for funds meet criteria established by federal law and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations and procedures. Congress also makes decisions on recipients of some grants.

The Discretionary Bridge Program (DBP) was established by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1978 and has been continued through subsequent legislation, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which President Clinton signed into law in June 1998. DBP consists of two categories: Replacement and Rehabilitation, and Seismic Retrofit. For fiscal 1998 through fiscal 2003, TEA-21 authorized $525 million for the DBP. This amount includes $25 million annually for seismic retrofit for fiscal 1998 through fiscal 2003 and $75 million annually for replacement and rehabilitation for fiscal 1999 through fiscal 2003.

"Bridges are a critical link in America's transportation network," FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle said. "These grants represent the kind of strategic economic investment that will make our overall transportation system stronger."

Funds for replacement and rehabilitation projects under the discretionary bridge program are administered by the FHWA, an agency of the USDOT. The Department will announce funds for an additional project under this program tomorrow. Further information about the bridge program is on the Internet at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge.

Following is a list of the 15 projects:

State Project Funding
Alabama Clement C. Clay Bridge,
US 231 over the Tennessee River
$8,683,000
California Oaklawn Pedestrian Bridge,
South Pasadena
438,500
California Santa Clara River Bridge,
Ventura County
5,700,900
Connecticut Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge (Q Bridge),
I-95 across New Haven Harbor
2,806,600
Florida Florida Memorial Bridge, Clearwater 8,770,700
Hawaii Waimalu Viaduct on the H-1 Freeway,
Honolulu
2,982,000
Kansas US 54 across the Marmaton River,
Fort Scott
1,754,100
Maine Fairfield-Benton crossing over the
Kennebec River
3,508,300
Mississippi Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Jackson 2,806,600
Missouri Chouteau Missouri River Bridge,
Kansas City
4,385,300
Montana Powell County bridges (11 bridges) 1,315,600
Rhode Island Washington Bridge, Providence 5,262,400
Vermont Missisquoi Bay Bridge,
Vermont Route 78
3,069,700
Virginia 14th Street Bridge and the
George Washington Memorial Parkway
(Humpback Bridge)
4,385,300
West Virginia Star City Bridge, Monongalia County 5,700,900
Total Amount   $61,569,900

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