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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 27, 2007
Contact: Doug Hecox
(202) 366-0660
FHWA 11-07

Nation's Top Highway Official Awards $5.3 Million to Encourage Bridge Innovations

Nearly $5.3 million in grants will be awarded to bridge projects in 25 states to help develop new technologies to speed bridge construction and make them safer, Federal Highway Administrator J. Richard Capka announced today.

"Bridges are critical links in the highway system and lifelines for communities," Capka said. "These grants will help researchers to enhance the quality and durability of bridges, and even the speed with which they are built."

Twenty-nine applications representing 25 states were chosen from among 96 applications received. The grants, from FHWA's Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) program, will be awarded for improvements to the quality of materials and design, construction and repair methods which lower construction costs and enhance bridge safety.

The IBRD program, created in the "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU) in 2005, is the successor to the FHWA's Innovative Bridge Research and Construction program which expired at the end of the "Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century" (TEA-21).

"Building better bridges results in less time spent on maintenance which reduces work zone congestion," Capka added. "This program is one of many that are helping to keep America moving."

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Editor's note: A table listing the date, location and amount of each bridge project is attached.


Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program Funds - Summary By State

State

Bridge

Amount

Alabama

Jefferson County – Wald Park Pedestrian Crossover of US31 near MP 268; 2 miles north of I-65 interchange with US 31

$200,000

Alaska

Sustina Borough -- Parks Highway at Sustina River, MP 69.3

$200,000

Arizona

Mohave County -- Virgin River Gorge Structure #7 Interstate 15 at MP 22.55 Crossing Virgin River

$200,000

California

Nevada County – Bridge 17-0072L/Indian Springs Undercrossing, I-80, MP 62.15

$150,000

Santa Clara County – Uvas Creek Bridge, Rt. 152

$120,000

Colorado

Weld County – SH119 EB over St. Vrain Creek, SH 119 at MP 62

$181,000

Boulder County – Pedestrian Underpass on SH7 (Arapahoe Avenue) at Bear Canyon Creek, just east of SH157 Interchange

$78,000

Delaware

Sussex County – Indian River inlet bridge on SR1 over Indian River

$150,000

Florida

Palm Beach County – SR15 Bridge over Hillsboro Canal

$200,000

Iowa

Buena Vista County – County bridge ID 86 on local road between sections 23/26 Providence Township over Outlet Creek

$200,000

Illinois

Will County – High Road Bridge carrying High Road over Long Run Creek in Lockport Township

$150,000

Louisiana

Livingston County -- Amite River Bridge and Approaches (US 190)

$200,000

Maine

Penobscot County – Boom Birch Bridge on Rt. 116 over Birch Stream

$250,000

Michigan

Calhoun County – Custer Drive over the Kalamazoo River

$200,000

Missouri

St. Louis and Carroll Counties – SB Interstate 255 over the Missouri River in St. Louis County and US 24 E over the Grand River in Carroll County

$130,000

New Hampshire

Grafton County – bridges in Havenhill, NH, and Newbury, VT

$200,000

New Jersey

Essex County – Rt. 23 over Peckman’s Brook

$200,000

New Mexico

Quay County – I-40 Tucumcari Interchange/ East Interchange

$120,000

New York

St. Lawrence County – County Rt. 55 over Deer River

$160,000

North Carolina

Stokes County – Bridge 14 over Town Fork Creek and Bridge 44 over Town Fork Creek Overflow on NC 8

$150,000

Caldwell County –  Bridge on SR1328 over Johns River

$200,000

Ohio

Defiance County – Stever Road (CR153 over Tiffin River)

$250,000

Oregon

Crook County – Ochoco Creek Bridge on US 26 near Prineville

$200,000

Tillamook County – Oxing Posetti Road, Bridge 07424 on SH9, crossing the Kilchis River

$100,000

Pennsylvania

Forest County – Lynch Village Bridge SR1003 over Tionesta Creek

$200,000

South Carolina

Florence/Marion Counties – US 378 over the Pee Dee River

$250,000

Utah

Davis County – SR105 over   I-15 NB and SB

$200,000

Virginia

Virginia Beach County – Rt. 58 over Linkorn Creek

$200,000

West Virginia

Randolph County – Stalnakar Run Bridge (CR219/86) over Stalnakar Run; Bridge 10507

$250,000

 
Total

 

$ 5,289,000


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