Ken Welch plans to tap into $49M in bridge funding Florida is receiving from Joe Biden administration

Pete Buttigieg said it’s the largest bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system.

Newly sworn in St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch Friday announced he plans to tap into the U.S. Department of Transportation’s just-launched Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program to fund city infrastructure projects.

The Joe Biden administration announced the creation of the Bridge Formula Program Friday as part of President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law. Some $49 million of the $5.3 billion being made available to states in 2022 will be allotted to Florida. The program is funded at around $27 billion over the next five years. Florida will get about $245 million for bridges over that five-year period. And unlike previous grant programs that required a 20% match, the Bridge Formula Program offers 100% compensation for bridge programs.

“As one of my top priorities, infrastructure improvement is crucial to improving safety on our local roads and many bridges located in a coastal community,” Welch said in a Friday news release. “I am excited to pursue opportunities for federal funding to help make this vision a reality.”

Welch said improving the city’s infrastructure and climate resiliency is among his top priorities. Deputy Federal Highway Administrator

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