Tribal communities are vulnerable by unsafe and often inaccessible roads, bridges and ferries. There are aging and unsafe bridges that are used for economic development for tribal nations and to transport children to school that are in need of repair. Failing infrastructure is not only inconvenient but causes financial constraints on our families. Since our infrastructure is our economic foundation it is beneficial that we improve it to allow for increase in our gross domestic product, jobs and our connections with our international markets. When we observe our infrastructure we understand that most of our problem is hidden and we don't notice it until it is inoperable. When we focus our attention on solutions our infrastructure will improve.
The Tribal Transportation Bridge Program is focused on improving the number of declining structurally deficient bridges. This information has been created to assist our partners working to improve the condition of non-BIA owned and BIA/tribally owned bridges.
Under FAST Act, up to 3% of TTP funds are available each year for improving deficient bridges. Federally recognized Indian tribes may submit an application at any time for eligible tribal transportation bridges for planning, design, engineering, preconstruction, construction, and inspection, or to replace, rehabilitate, seismically retrofit, or paint. Funds may also be used for anti-icing, de-icing, or to implement countermeasures (including multiple-pipe culverts). To be eligible, a bridge must have an opening of at least 20 feet, be classified as a tribal transportation facility, and be structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
- TTP Bridge Regulations (Updates pending)
- TTP Bridge Program Funding Flowchart
- TTP Bridge Program Flowchart
- Recording of a June 3, 2020 webinar update about the TTP Bridge Program
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Public Law 117-58, also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”) into law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and economy in our Nation’s history. It provides $550 billion over fiscal years 2022 through 2026 in new Federal investment in infrastructure, including in roads, bridges, and mass transit, water infrastructure, resilience, and broadband.
Resources for Preparing a TTP Bridge Program Application
Any time during the year, in accordance with 23 CFR 661.25, the Tribe can submit an application package for preliminary engineering (PE) and/or Construction funding.