Congressman Mike Thompson, D. St. Helena, announced Thursday that California is set to receive $849.4 million to repair and improve the 1,536 bridges in poor condition statewide in 2022 as part of the ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Thompson voted to pass the bipartisan law in the fall, helping send $4.2 billion over five years to California bridges. This funding is part of the largest bridging program in American history.
“Last fall, I voted to make the biggest investment in our infrastructure since President Eisenhower’s federal highway system,” Thompson said in a press release. “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will create millions of jobs while repairing our bridges across California. I am proud to announce the first round of funding that is underway to connect our communities , grow our economy and make our bridges safe for generations to come.
“The Biden-Harris administration is thrilled to launch this program to repair thousands of bridges across the country – the largest such investment in U.S. history,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in the same statement. “Upgrading America’s bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth, and improve the lives of people in all parts of the country – in rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities.
California will receive a total of $4.2 billion under the new program to meet highway bridge needs.