Nearly $27 billion will be spent to fix and replace old bridges, the Department of Transportation said on Friday.
Buttigieg, the US transportation secretary, said that “updating the bridges in every part of the country… will make people’s lives better in every part of the country.”
Administration: The Federal Highway Administration is in charge of the Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program.
In fact, it will be the biggest investment in bridges since the interstate system was built, the DOT said.
The money will go to states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico over the next five years, as well as $825 million for transportation facilities for Native American tribes in those states.
The $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden in November made it possible for the money to be used for this project.
The programme will help repair about 15,000 highway bridges, but each state will choose which bridges to repair.
The states that will get the most money are Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, and New York.