FHWA Announces Increased Funding for Bridges and Updates Bridge Inspection Standards
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WASHINGTON – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced an additional $1.14 billion in formula funding for bridge repair and replacement.
The $1.14 billion in funding for bridge replacement and rehabilitation was provided by the Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2022 and complements the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s focus on bridge improvement and safety, which included $27.5 billion for the Bridge Formula Program and $12.5 billion for the Bridge Investment Program.
FHWA also announced updates to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS). This is part of a process to periodically update the NBIS to continue to strengthen safety inspections and oversight processes nationwide.
The changes announced will help improve bridge safety by ensuring the uniformity of inspections and evaluations, clarifying responsibilities, and requiring action for higher risk issues. They also update the training and qualification requirements for bridge inspectors, establishing a national certification for inspectors, and expanding the regulatory requirements to tribally owned highway bridges.