Georgia to receive $45 million for FY22, and a total of $225 million over the next five years, to fix and improve structurally deficient bridges across the state
In Georgia, 374 bridges are classified as structurally deficient
Funding secured for Georgia through the bipartisan infrastructure law, fought for by Sens. Warnock and Ossoff
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Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) announced $225 million in new federal investments over the next five years to fix Georgia’s 374 most structurally deficient bridges. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S.Department of Transportation’s Bridge Formula Program, which Senators Warnock and Ossoff supported and helped make possible by successfully fighting to pass the bipartisan infrastructure law. The federal investments will be used to update bridges in need of repair or rehabilitation throughout the state; in Fiscal Year ‘22, Georgia will receive $45 million for bridge improvements. Funding will repair 80 percent of poor condition bridges in Georgia according to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
“Our state’s physical infrastructure is what allows Georgians to safely get from place to place, contribute to our economy and live their lives,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “This will help address much needed structural improvements to our state’s bridges, and I am proud to help secure critical funding to begin fixing our bridges for the countless Georgians who rely on them daily.”
“As a candidate I promised to invest in Georgia’s infrastructure and in the Senate I’ve kept that promise with our bipartisan infrastructure law, which is upgrading bridges across Georgia to help families get around more safely, businesses move goods more efficiently, and Georgia farmers get products to market,” said Senator Ossoff.
According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, 374 bridges across Georgia have been identified as structurally deficient, including the bridge on Interstate 75 over Swamp Creek in Whitfield County located on the interstate highway system, which is traveled by more than 66,000 Georgians daily. Nearly 96 percent of the structurally deficient bridges throughout the state are in exurban and rural areas of Georgia that are not on the National Highway System. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration launched the Bridge Formula Program to identify bridges across the country in need of repair or replacement. Over 43,000 bridges are in poor condition across the country according to the National Bridge Inventory.