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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





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



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



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



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


Santa Clara County – Uvas Creek Bridge, Rt. 152



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


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



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



Palm Beach County – SR15 Bridge over Hillsboro Canal



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



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



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



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



Calhoun County – Custer Drive over the Kalamazoo River



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


New Hampshire

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


New Jersey

Essex County – Rt. 23 over Peckman’s Brook


New Mexico

Quay County – I-40 Tucumcari Interchange/ East Interchange


New York

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


North Carolina

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


Caldwell County –  Bridge on SR1328 over Johns River



Defiance County – Stever Road (CR153 over Tiffin River)



Crook County – Ochoco Creek Bridge on US 26 near Prineville


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



Forest County – Lynch Village Bridge SR1003 over Tionesta Creek


South Carolina

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



Davis County – SR105 over   I-15 NB and SB



Virginia Beach County – Rt. 58 over Linkorn Creek


West Virginia

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




$ 5,289,000

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