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Federal Highway Administration 23-03
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
Contact: Jim Pinkelman, 202-366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $35 Million for States in Highway Discretionary Funds

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced almost $35 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) discretionary funds for infrastructure projects in 21 states.

"The Bush Administration recognizes the need for continued strategic investment to improve America’s transportation system," Secretary Mineta said. "These federal highway funds will help improve the transportation system, create jobs and benefit the economy."

The 36 grants were provided to the states in three categories. The categories, number of grants and the totals provided, are:

  • Discretionary Bridge – Seismic Retrofit, four grants in four states, $24.8 million;
  • Historic Covered Bridge program, 24 grants in 15 states, $5.6 million; and
  • Value Pricing, eight projects in seven states, $4.5 million.

The Discretionary Bridge Program, established by law in 1978 and continued through subsequent legislation, consists of two categories: Replacement and Rehabilitation, and Seismic Retrofit. Grants in the former category were announced in June 2003. Seismic retrofitting is undertaken by states to help protect bridges during seismic events such as earthquakes. The Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program provides funds to states to preserve, rehabilitate or restore historic covered bridges. Value-pricing grants provide funding to support the costs of implementing projects to promote economic efficiency in the use of highways and support congestion reduction, air quality, energy conservation, and transit productivity goals.

he Secretary of Transportation makes FHWA discretionary funds available upon selection after requests from states for funds for projects that meet criteria established by federal law and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations and procedures. Congress also designates funding for specific projects under these programs.

Totals for the states are on the Internet at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/fy03congdes.htm.

(Bridge Seismic, Covered Bridge, Value Pricing)

StateState TotalBridge SeismicHistoric Covered BridgeValue Pricing
Colorado1,078,4741    1,078,4741
Connecticut340,0001  340,0001  
Florida1,577,1202    1,577,1202
Illinois649,7356  289,7355360,0001
Indiana233,6001  233,6001  
Iowa150,0001  150,0001  
Massachusetts340,0001  340,0001  
New Hampshire248,0001  248,0001  
New Jersey670,0331    670,0331
New York340,0001  340,0001  
Ohio540,0002  340,0001200,0001
Oregon339,3601  339,3601  
Pennsylvania340,0001  340,0001  
Texas160,0001    160,0001
Vermont1,987,0004  1,987,0004  
Virginia531,1412  30,4001500,7411
West Virginia195,0001  195,0001  

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