Crist Announces $245 Million for Florida Bridges

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D–St. Petersburg) released this statement following the Federal Highway Administration’s announcement of the largest bridge formula program in American history, made possible by the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Congressman Crist was proud to support. The program represents the largest investment ever made in fixing our bridges – dedicating $244.9 million to repairing Florida’s bridges over the next five years. This funding will be available to help repair an estimated 408 bridges in poor condition across Florida.

“With this new, record amount of funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re investing in safer commutes, shorter drives, and good paying jobs for Floridians,” said Rep. Crist. “At a time when Florida families are feeling the burden of rising costs, this funding will inject millions of dollars into our state’s economy. It will help supply chain issues by improving transportation channels, stocking shelves and stabilizing prices. I’m proud to have voted in support of this funding and am looking forward to this investment directly improving the lives of everyday Floridians.”

This funding will go to the Florida Department of Transportation, which will determine how best to invest it across the state. In addition to providing funds to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect, and construct highway bridges, the Bridge Formula Program also includes dedicated funding for Tribal transportation facility bridges as well as “off-system” bridges, which are locally owned bridges that are not on the federal-aid highway system.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021, is a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that includes a five-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs, as well as $550 billion in new federal investments to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. The bill will repair our roads and bridges, create millions of good paying jobs, make high-speed internet accessible for all Americans, safeguard clean drinking water, and help combat the climate crisis.

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