January 15, 2022 Press Releases

Biden and Democrats Deliver $225M to Rebuild Arizona Bridges

PHOENIX — This morning, the Biden-Harris administration announced the launch of the Department of Transportation’s Bridge Formula Program to repair and replace the nation’s bridges.

Thanks to President Biden and Democrats’ Bipartisan Infrastructure Law — which included the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system — Arizona will receive a total of $225 million, including $45 million in 2022 alone, to improve bridge safety. These funds will ensure that Arizonans are able to get to where they’re going knowing that their bridges are secure and resilient.

“Every time Arizonans get in their cars and drive to school, to work, or to visit their families, they’ll be reminded that Democrats delivered this critical funding despite the best efforts of Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, David Schweikert, and Debbie Lesko to block the funds,” said Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson Hannah Goss. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will pay dividends for years to come, and it’s a shame that Arizona Republicans were willing to jeopardize safety upgrades, job opportunities, and economic growth for the sake of obstructionist partisan games.”

Of note: Of the 132 bridges in Arizona in poor condition and in desperate need of modernization, 25 percent are located in Paul Gosar’s district. Although the combative House Republican voted against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, an estimated $8 million is going to make his district safer and more efficient for the more than 100,000 Arizonans who cross the bridges every single day. Given his track record, it’s only a matter of time until Gosar takes credit for the very funds he voted against, just as he did with American Rescue Plan funds as recently as last month.

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