Jayapal Applauds New Bridge Funding for Washington
Washington will receive $121 million in new bridge funding for this fiscal year as part of the more than $605 million in bridge funding that the state will receive from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
SEATTLE — U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) issued the following statement today after the Biden-Harris Administration announced that Washington is receiving $121 million in new bridge funding this fiscal year as part of the more than $605 million in federal bridge funding that the state will receive over the next five years thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that she helped pass through Congress in November:
“As a West Seattle resident, I know how important it is to our neighbors, businesses, cities, ports, and economy that we quickly and safely repair bridges across our region. That is why I fought to secure the largest bridge funding since the mid-1900s as part of the infrastructure package that we passed last year,” said Congresswoman Jayapal. “With more than $605 million in bridge funding for our state over the next five years, this popular legislation is delivering on our promise to provide a historic, deeply necessary, and long overdue investment in Washington’s bridges, roads, waterways, and public transit systems that will directly impact our communities while creating millions of good paying, union jobs. There is still more work to be done to invest in families, and I will continue fighting for them while ensuring that this new funding quickly reaches projects throughout Washington.”
Today’s announcement follows news that Congresswoman Jayapal had helped to secure $20 million in federal funding for the East Marginal Way Corridor Improvement project. She also helped to bring home more than $11.2 million in federal funding to quickly and safely repair the West Seattle Bridge last year.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $110 billion in new funding for roads, bridges, and major projects including $40 billion of new funding for repairing and replacing bridges. It also provides nearly $90 billion in funding for public transportation over the next five years, $7.5 billion for electric vehicle chargers, and over $50 billion for making communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Additionally, the legislation includes a $17 billion investment in port infrastructure and carbon emission reduction initiatives such as port electrification.
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