Rep. DeFazio Announces $16 Million Grant for Douglas County Bridge Project
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $16,495,000 to the Douglas County Bridge Replacement Project, which includes work to improve the Conn Ford and Oakland Bridges. This federal grant is made possible by the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. Rep. DeFazio, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, has long supported the Douglas County Bridge Replacement project.
“This grant is a good first step toward fixing the infrastructure for the residents of Douglas County, who, like so many people across our country, have been dealing with outdated and structurally deficient bridges in their communities for far too long,” said Rep. DeFazio. “I was glad to go to bat for Douglas County to get this project moving but this should be considered a down payment, not a done deal. The reality is, there are tens of thousands of bridges across the United States, including more in Douglas County, that need urgent attention. That’s why I’m fighting in Congress for far greater Federal investment in our infrastructure so we can bring even more of our bridges—as well as our roads, harbors, airports, wastewater systems, and more—up to a state of good repair while creating local jobs and spurring the national economy. We cannot wait for the next catastrophic failure in order to act.”
According to the latest report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 47,000 bridges in the United States are deemed structurally deficient. Of the 8,161 bridges in Oregon, 422 are classified as structurally deficient, including 167 in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District.