Pennsylvania to receive $2.6B for fixing roads, bridges and tunnels

The federal funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
I-76 eastbound in Philadelphia.
I-76 eastbound in Philadelphia. Photo credit vichie81/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia and Pennsylvania roads, bridges, and tunnels could be getting a major facelift in the coming years, as federal officials announced $2.6 billion in infrastructure funding for the state.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says the state owns more than 25,000 bridges, and the average age of those bridges is more than 50 years old.

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pennsylvania, said the billions will be invested in improving those bridges, roads and tunnels over the next four years.

She called the funding “game-changing,” and said it will also help to “slash commute times, lower car repair costs, reduce pollution, and support union jobs.”

Officials say It’s the largest bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate Highway System.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, Pennsylvania’s part of the funding during the 2023 federal fiscal year will include:
- $1.2 billion for the National Highway Performance Program, for work on national highways in the state.
- $582 million for the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, which states, cities, counties, and other municipalities can use for local projects.
- $128 million for the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

The funding is part of $60 billion in federal funding to support infrastructure across the United States. It comes as the White House hosted a summit Thursday to help speed up construction projects tied to the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure law as the Biden administration tries to improve coordination with the mayors and governors who directly account for 90% of the spending.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this in 50 years on this level,” said Mitch Landrieu, the White House’s infrastructure coordinator and a New Orleans mayor. “We’re going to really push hard to make it go faster and try to do it better, and try to get at least all the federal agencies focused on accelerating the pace of design, construction, permitting.”

The summit comes at a critical moment for the nearly year-old law as high inflation and worker and material shortages are threatening to delay many projects.

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