Pelosi Statement on New Funding for California Bridges Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 14, 2022
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration announced that California bridges will receive nearly $850 million in new funding this fiscal year, part of $4.2 billion in federal funding for the Golden State over the next five years from formula funding for bridges under in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

“This new funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make bridges throughout the Golden State safer and stronger is further proof that Democrats Deliver!

“Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and House Democrats, communities across California will soon see the direct impact of this investment – the largest bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system.  With this $4.2 billion in new funding over the next five years, we can repair, replace and rehabilitate the more than 1,500 bridges in our state that are currently in poor condition – while creating good-paying union jobs for Californians.  In doing so, we will make commutes to work or to school shorter and safer, help small businesses get their goods to market and ensure our bridges can withstand increasingly destructive climate disasters.  And, we will ensure our nation never again mourns precious lives lost to the avoidable tragedy of bridge failures, like the I-35 collapse in 2007 which stole thirteen beautiful souls and left scores more injured.

“When America was experiencing the depths of the pandemic and economic crisis, Democrats knew that we had to Build Back Better.  With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, our nation took an historic step for the future – and the Democratic Congress remains hard at work fighting For The People, with more jobs, cut taxes and lower costs for all.”