Nebraska will receive $225 million to repair highway bridges under the $1.2 trillion federal bipartisan infrastructure bill, according to an announcement Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The announcement came on the heels of more than $13 million announced for Nebraska’s airports, from the same bill.

The bridge funds will help improve the condition of about 1,280 bridges in poor condition and preserve and improve more than 6,100 bridges in fair condition in the state.

Nationwide, $26.5 billion is allocated for bridges, which is expected to repair about 15,000 bridges. 

In addition to providing funds to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect, and construct bridges on federal highways, the Bridge Formula Program has dedicated funds for Tribal transportation facility bridges as well as “off-system” bridges that are not on the federal-aid highway system, owned by counties, cities, towns or other local agencies, the DOT said.  

The federal funds can be used for 100% of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating locally owned off-system bridges, the announcement said. 

The DOT says that the bipartisan infrastructure law is a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure, which will grow the economy, enhance U.S. competitiveness in the world, create good jobs, and make our transportation system more sustainable and equitable.

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