The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced California’s project to replace, retrofit and install critical structural elements on the Golden Gate Bridge to increase resiliency against earthquakes will receive $400 million in the first round of Large Bridge Grants from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s competitive Bridge Investment Program. The grant to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will fund improvements to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is vital to an estimated 37 million vehicles crossing the bridge per year, including 555,000 freight trucks, as well as waterborne commerce through the Golden Gate Strait connected to the Port of Oakland. The improvements will ensure the structural integrity of a vital transportation link allowing for the movement of people and freight along the California Coast.
In addition to addressing congestion and safety issues for communities in northern California, structural retrofits to this bridge will ensure the Golden Gate Bridge can continue to carry critical freight and commuter traffic, preventing delays that currently raise costs for American families.
Large Bridge Project Grants under the Bridge Investment Program are available for bridges with total eligible project costs over $100 million, with minimum grant awards of $50 million, and maximum grant awards of 50 percent of the total eligible project costs. As part of the selection process for this first round of grants, priority consideration was given to projects ready to proceed to construction, as well as those that require pre-construction funding and would benefit from a multi-year grant agreement.
Additional information on FHWA’s Bridge Investment Program, including Large Bridge Grants and Bridge Planning Grants, can be found at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/bip/.