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HIGHWAY BRIDGE PROGRAM
*Authorizations shown here will be augmented by a portion of the Equity Bonus Program funds
The Highway Bridge Program provides funding to enable States to improve the condition of their highway bridges through replacement, rehabilitation, and systematic preventive maintenance.
SAFETEA-LU Section(s): 1101(a)(3), 1114
Other: 23 USC 144
Funded by contract authority, to remain available for 4 years. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid obligation limitation.
The following funds are to be set aside from the authorized amounts prior to apportionment:
Apportioned funds are to be distributed according to the existing formula that is based on each State's relative share of the total cost to repair or replace deficient highway bridges. The following factors in the cost calculation for deficient bridges have been modified. The reference to "square footage" in the formula calculation has been replaced with the more generic term "deck area". The total cost of deficient bridges is no longer reduced by the total cost of bridges built to replace destroyed bridges and ferryboat services [1114(c)]
Eligible Use of Funds
Eligible activities are expanded to include systematic preventative maintenance on Federal-aid and non-Federal-aid highway systems. States may carry out projects for the installation of scour countermeasures or systematic preventative maintenance without regard to whether the bridge is eligible for rehabilitation or replacement. [1114(b)]
Not later than 1 year after enactment and annually thereafter, the Secretary will publish a report in the Federal Register describing construction materials used in new bridge construction and rehabilitation projects.
The Federal share for all projects, except those on the Interstate System, will be 80 percent, subject to the sliding scale adjustment. For those on the Interstate System, the Federal share will be 90 percent, subject to the sliding scale adjustment.