Aging infrastructure in the DC area, including roads in need of repair and transit issues, may soon receive much-needed fixes with Congress passing a $ 1 trillion infrastructure package. .
“We’re excited that we can truly use these resources to revitalize Washington, DC,” said Everett Lott, director of the District Department of Transportation.
And high on the priority list is repairing the H Street Bridge.
“The H Street Bridge is structurally deficient. It’s still safe for people to travel and cross, but we want to make sure it’s in good shape, ”Lott said.
DDOT also plans to repair the Roosevelt Bridge, as well as other roads and tunnels. Lott said they waited to find out exactly how much money they would get before deciding what other projects to work on.
The Virginia Department of Transportation said it expected a total of $ 1.2 billion for public transportation improvements. They plan to spend more than $ 500 million on bridges, $ 106 million on electric vehicle charging stations and $ 400 million to fight climate change.
These projects include making roads and bridges more resilient after flooding and reducing carbon emissions from transport.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan released a statement regarding the bill on Saturday.
“This bill will put America’s infrastructure on the right track to create jobs and make our economy competitive for the 21st century without raising taxes or increasing debt,” the statement said.
In the national capital, the Ministry of Transport plans to ask the community for suggestions on projects to be undertaken. Officials plan to visit all eight services, to make sure everyone has a chance to speak out.