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Hawaiʻi to receive $339M in federal money to fix bridges

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, at podium, speaks with members of the media in Philadelphia, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Buttigieg was in the city promoting the new infrastructure law and a bridge repair funding program. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The U.S. Department of Transportation will invest more than $27 billion on bridges and transportation infrastructure across the country.

The DOT's Bridge Formula Program, created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, was signed last November.

The program will be administered by the Federal Highway Administration and is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system.

Hawaiʻi will receive nearly $70 million this year, and a total of $339 million over the next five years.

City and county-owned bridges not on federal-aid highways can also be eligible for funding.

There are an estimated 84 bridges and over 600 miles of highway in poor condition across the state. Click here for a list.

Some have high traffic volumes, like the 86-year old Kalanianaʻole Highway bridge over Niu Stream on Oʻahu. Nearly 60,000 vehicles cross that bridge every day.

Jason Ubay is the managing editor at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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