WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure Ed Mortimer today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation launched the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program) with more than $27 billion for states and tribal transportation facilities to fix an estimated 15,000 bridges nationwide:
“This investment in modernizing America’s bridges is a critical next step following the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and will lead to improved safety, economic growth, job creation, and better quality of life for all Americans.
“We have been waiting decades for this kind of investment to fix our crumbling bridges. We commend the Administration for providing much needed funds to states and tribal transportation facilities to finally replace, repair, preserve and build bridges in their local communities.
“It is imperative that continued investment is provided to states to ensure they have the resources needed to advance our nation’s infrastructure. The Chamber is ready to work with our partners in business, labor and government to ensure this once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernize America’s infrastructure leads to long-term economic growth and improved quality of life.”