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Arlington Memorial Bridge to get facelift with $90 million federal grant

On July 7, 2016

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is “both relieved and honestly elated” that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the National Park Service a $90 million grant from the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies program to rebuild the Arlington Memorial Bridge. 

The Federal Highway Administration has said the Memorial Bridge must close by 2021 unless it is rehabilitated. The grant program was created by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, written by the four leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, including Norton.  

The $90 million grant will go toward phase one of reconstruction of the bridge, which will allow the bridge to remain open almost an extra decade while phase two is completed. The program provides funding for nationally significant highway, bridge, and freight projects. Congress provided $800 million in funding for the FASTLANE program in the current fiscal year. Phase one of the bridge is estimated to cost at least $166 million, and additional money will be needed to cover the remaining cost of phase one and phase two. 

Norton worked closely with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and the national capital region delegation to urge that the Arlington Memorial Bridge be given priority for funding.

“The Arlington Memorial Bridge had to compete with infrastructure applications nationwide but it would be difficult to think of any project more worthy than the gateway from the south to Arlington National Cemetery and to popular National Mall monumental sites,” said Norton. “This iconic bridge is long past its 75-year life and traffic has already been impacted.  I also want to thank the District of Columbia for signing onto the application with NPS.”

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