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Federal Highway Administration announces $1.48 million for bridge improvements in five states

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has awarded $1.48 million in grants to help five states improve bridge construction and repair using cutting-edge technologies. The states include Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

“There are many benefits to advancing new construction and repair techniques like these,” said Secretary Foxx. “From shorter work-related traffic tie-ups to roads and bridges that last longer, grants like these have the potential to help drivers everywhere.”

The Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment program, administered by the Federal Highway Administration, promotes more widespread use of effective and beneficial technologies and applications that are not common practice and encourages states to use these technologies.

“By promoting innovative design, materials and methods to improve construction and repair of our nation’s bridges,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau, “these grants are one of the many forms of investment in America’s infrastructure needs.”

Previous grants, for example, have funded bridge prefabrication projects in which parts are built off-site and then moved into place. Utilizing prefabrication strategies saves drivers countless hours of congestion caused by prolonged bridge work.

In Louisiana, $250,000 will be allocated for the Maree Michael and Creek Bridges on LA 91 in Vermillion County to accelerate bridge construction and for geosynthetic reinforced soil abutments. In New Hampshire, $283,250 of the fund will be used for prefabricated elements and system for US Route 3/NH Route 11 (Laconia Bypass) in Belknap County.

In Oregon, the 138W Dodge Creek Bridge in Douglas County will use $260,000 of the fund to reinforce the bridge using high performance A1010 structural steel. In Pennsylvania, $400,000 of the fund will be allocated to accelerate bridge construction using self-propelled modular transport for the SR 3110 Shaler Bridge over SR 51 and SR 19 in Allegheny County. In Virginia, Clarksville Rd/Earl Davis Gregory Hwy (Route 49) over Aaron’s Creek in Halifax County will allocate $283,250 to replace conventional steel using carbon fiber composite cable.

The final cost of the combined projects is estimated at $1,476,500. 


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