DOT releases $123.5M in funding for I-35W bridge in Minneapolis

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The Department of Transportation on Thursday, Nov. 1, announced that $123.5 million in emergency relief funding has been released to help pay for rebuilding the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, bringing the total federal transportation investment in the recovery and rebuilding effort to $183.5 million.

“The president and I continue to provide the federal government’s full support and the necessary financial resources to rebuild this bridge,” Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said. DOT remains committed to paying the full cost of eligible repairs to rebuild the bridge and will reimburse Minnesota as additional costs are incurred, Peters said.

On Aug. 2, only hours after the bridge collapse, Peters was on the bridge site to bring $5 million in immediate federal relief to restore traffic flow in the area, clear debris and start repairs. An additional $50 million followed soon after for bridge-related repair and recovery efforts, along with $5 million in transit assistance. “We meant it when we said the federal government would continue to do everything possible to get the community up and running again,” Peters said.

The Federal Highway Administration’s emergency relief program provides funds to states for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. The program typically works on a reimbursable basis.