LANSING, Mich. — The U.S. Department of Transportation announcedthat over the next five years, Michigan will receive more than $560 million in funding as part of President Biden's infrastructure law passed last year.
This money will go towards replacing bridges across the state.
“The Biden-Harris Administration is thrilled to launch this program to fix thousands of bridges across the country — the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate highway system," U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wrote in a press release. "Modernizing America’s bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth, and make people’s lives better in every part of the country — across rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Michigan has 1,219 bridges in poor condition.
This year Michigan will receive $112.6 million in funds, and will continue to receive money annually through 2026. In total, Michigan will receive $563,136,760.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, here is the breakdown of bridge conditions for each mid-Michigan county.
- Ingham County has 44 bridges in poor condition, and 157 in fair condition.
- Clinton County has 26 bridges in poor condition and 130 in fair condition.
- Eaton County has 15 in poor condition and 112 in fair condition.
- Jackson County has 23 bridges in poor condition and 85 in fair condition.
- Hillsdale County has 16 in poor condition and 56 in fair condition.
In total, roughly $27 billion will go to states and tribal transportation facilities to fix an estimated 15,000 bridges nationwide.
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