January 14, 2022

Neguse Delivers $45 Million for Colorado Bridges Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Colorado Set to Receive Largest Investment Ever for Bridges Under The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 

Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced the first round of investments in repairing Colorado bridges under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law he helped pass. Neguse helped deliver $45 million for Colorado to fix bridges this year in FY 2022, part of a total $225 million investment over the next five years. The funds, administered by the Department of Transportation, will go directly to the construction and improvement of bridges in Colorado and will create millions of good-paying jobs for Coloradans. 

“These federal dollars represent the strong first step towards putting Coloradans to work building and rebuilding the bridges that drive our local economies,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Northern Colorado communities want to know that they can rely on their highways, roads and bridges, and they want assurances that their safety will always be prioritized. With the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will not only help keep travelers safe, but really cut down on commute times and help small businesses get goods to market. I look forward to seeing more of this tangible impact of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in communities across Colorado.”

The historic and bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Biden on November 15th, secured a once-in-a-generation investment to improve essential infrastructure across the nation. This initial funding of the Bridge Formula Program is expected to help repair approximately 15,000 bridges nationwide, fixing bridges in poor condition and preserving those in fair condition. More information on the program and a map of bridges can be found here. Over 481 bridges across the state of Colorado are found to be in poor condition and in need of repairs.

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Colorado a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card, finding many deficiencies that require immediate attention.  With this funding – and more to come – the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will create good-paying union jobs strengthening this crippled infrastructure.

Background:

Congressman Joe Neguse secured the passage of several key priorities for Colorado in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Last month, Congressman Neguse announced that Colorado will receive $716,509,999 in the first round of funding under the five years of federal investment in Colorado highways. The law also includes investments in wildfire management and climate resiliency, including Congressman Neguse’s Joint-Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership Proposal, upgrades to America’s power grid to help communities prepare for climate related natural disasters and an extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program, a proposal Rep. Neguse has been pushing since he started in Congress.