The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that 166 projects throughout the country will receive funding from a Federal $2.2 Billion Infrastructure bill.
$10.7 million of said bill has been allotted to NC -The bill gives money to the state for the reconstruction of 28 low-water bridges in six counties including Watauga, Ashe and Avery. With these improvements made to Low-water bridges they should be able to better withstand the rivers in times of flooding. Other improvements to the bridges will include trying to increase the weight limit allowing emergency vehicles, school buses, and agricultural vehicles to more easily use them, as well as use the bridges to hold fiber optic cables giving better internet access to underserved communities. State Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette said “We are very appreciative of our federal partners for helping advance transportation in North Carolina. These RAISE grants will greatly benefit our economy, strengthen supply chains, and make travel safer and easier, whether you’re driving, bicycling, walking or riding the train.” For more information on this infrastructure bill, visit www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2022-08/RAISE%202022%20Award%20Fact%20Sheets_0.pdf