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President Biden's federal infrastructure bill will give Michigan more than $560M to fix its bridges

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-17 16:21:34-05

LANSING, Mich. — The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that 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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