Today, Representative Josh Harder highlighted the Department of Transportation's announcement that the Federal Highway Administration will create the largest bridge formula program since the construction of the interstate highway system, made possible by the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act. California will receive $4.2 billion in new federal funds to rehabilitate or replace bridges and roads statewide over the next five years. In California there are 1,536 bridges in poor conditions. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 14.6% statewide, and on average, each driver pays $799 per year in costs due to driving on roads and bridges in need of repair.
"Right now, drivers in our state pay almost $800 a year in car repairs because our roads and bridges are in total disrepair. Families in the Valley can't afford that," said Rep. Harder. "I'm determined to bring home these new federal investments so we can get our roads and bridges fixed, create good paying jobs right here in our community, and make sure the only thing we need from the mechanic is our yearly oil change."