Kildee Announces Over $563 Million to Fix Michigan Bridges


Date: Jan. 14, 2022
Location: Flint, MI
Issues: Infrastructure

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced that Michigan will receive $563.1 million over five years, because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to repair Michigan bridges that are in poor condition.

"The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering for Michigan," Congressman Kildee said. "With this huge federal investment, we are putting Michiganders back to work repairing our state's bridges and roads. In Congress, I voted for and helped deliver this much-needed investment to improve our infrastructure. We live in the richest country in the world; it is unacceptable that so many of our bridges are in unsafe and poor condition."

This federal funding was made available through the Federal Highway Administration's new Bridge Formula Program because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021. The program represents the largest investment ever made in fixing bridges--dedicating $26.5 billion to states over the five years of the law and $825 million for tribal transportation facilities. The first portion of Michigan's $563.1 million award was released today. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Michigan has 1,219 bridges in poor condition.

"The Biden-Harris Administration is thrilled to launch this program to fix thousands of bridges across the country--the largest investment of its kind in U.S. history," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "Modernizing America's bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth and make people's lives better in every part of the country--in rural, suburban, city, and tribal communities."

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes an incentive for states to direct the new Bridge Formula Program funds to off-system bridges owned by a county, city, town or other local agency. The federal guidance issued today, with the launch of the Bridge Formula Program, notes that the federal funds can be used for 100% of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating locally owned off-system bridges, eliminating the state and local match requirement. Congressman Kildee has advocated for waiving local cost shares for federal funding to ensure that federal investments reach communities that are struggling economically.

Congressman Kildee supported the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure, that will enhance Michigan's economic competitiveness and create good-paying jobs rebuilding and modernizing our roads, bridges and water systems.