August 1, 2014 3:00 PM, EDT

DOT Awards 5 States Grants for Small Infrastructure Repairs

The Department of Transportation awarded about $4.5 million in grants this week to repair roads and bridges in several states.

Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia were awarded about $1.5 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s innovative bridge research and deployment program.

Specifically, Louisiana received $250,000 to reinforce bridges in Vermillion County; New Hampshire received about $280,000 to modernize bridge systems in Belknap County; Oregon got $260,000 to pay for structural reinforcements for a bridge in Douglas County; Pennsylvania was awarded $400,000 to purchase advance support systems for a bridge in Allegheny County; and Virginia was awarded about $283,000 to upgrade a bridge in Halifax County.

“From shorter work-related traffic tie-ups to roads and bridges that last longer, grants like these have the potential to help drivers everywhere,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

“These grants are one of the many forms of investment in America’s infrastructure needs,” deputy FHWA administrator Gregory Nadeau added.

The agency also announced about $3 million to support road projects across federal lands in Hawaii, Montana, Tennessee and Oregon.

“The roads that carry America to and through its national forests and parks, tribal lands and other federal lands need help, just like the rest of our nation’s highway system,” Foxx added.