U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 18, 2001
Contact: Jim Pinkelman, (202) 366-0660
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: