July 6, 2016 12:00 PM, EDT

Arlington Memorial Bridge Receives $90 Million Federal Grant

Andrew Harrar/Bloomberg News

Arlington Memorial Bridge was awarded $90 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Virginia lawmakers announced this week.

The National Park Service will use the grant to pay for the bridge’s initial reconstruction. The grant is part of DOT’s new FASTLANE program, established under the new FAST Act highway law. Officials said an additional $160 million will be needed to reconstruct the bridge.

Connecting Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial, the bridge has been categorized as structurally deficient. The National Park Service had indicated the bridge would be shut down absent urgent repairs. Cutting off access to the bridge would exasperate congestion in the Washington metropolitan region.

“The congressional delegation looks forward to working with all local jurisdictions and our colleagues in Congress to ensure that sufficient resources are allocated to fully repair the bridge and keep this 84-year-old icon of American infrastructure standing strong,” Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), Reps. Don Beyer (D), Gerry Connolly (D), and Barbara Comstock (R), said jointly.