The T2 Center team is providing this comprehensive set of resources to assist you as you explore the many funding opportunities coming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
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On September 29, 2022, the T2 Center at UCONN, in partnership with CRCOG and WTS, hosted a Coffee & Conversation webinar to discuss the funding opportunities for local municipal agencies that are available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Bil/IIJA) and support for our cities and towns who will be interested in pursuing funding for their planning or implementation projects.
On October 6, 2022, a panel was held at the WTS TMS to discuss BIL funding opportunities for municipal agencies. Representatives from CTBILT, CT Division of FHWA, CTDOT, WESTCOG, SCRCOG and CRCOG provided very useful information.
FAQ for BIP on the FHWA website
Q1) What is the Bridge Investment Program (BIP)?
A1) The BIP is a competitive discretionary grant program to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of people and freight by replacing, rehabilitating, preserving, and protecting bridges in the National Bridge Inventory (NBI). It has a focus on improving the condition of bridges in poor condition and supporting activities to prevent bridges in fair condition from dropping to poor condition.
Q23) Where can I check to see if my bridge is in the National Bridge Inventory?
A23) Data from the NBI can be accessed at the following link: National Bridge Inventory - Management and Preservation - Bridges & Structures - Federal Highway Administration (dot.gov).
Q10) Are there any restrictions on funding?
A10) Yes. A minimum of 50 percent of funds made available for this program from the Highway Trust Fund must be spent on Large Bridge Projects (see 23 U.S.C. 124(p)(1)). For FY22, this equates to approximately $903 million. Additionally, a maximum of 5 percent of funding may be awarded solely to projects that replace or rehabilitate culverts (see 23 U.S.C. 124(c)(6)).
Q20) Can a group of bridges be packaged into a single project to meet the minimum threshold for a grant?
A20) Yes, bridge bundling is specifically identified in 23 U.S.C. 124(a)(1)(B)(i) as an eligible project, and such projects are encouraged under the BIP. Bundling of multiple bridges into a single project is a method to meet the project threshold requirements for a BIP grant and often results in total project cost savings.
Amy Jackson-Grove, Division Administrator
Kurt Salmoiraghi, Program Development Team Leader
Mark Boughton, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Infrastructure
Stephen Nocera, Deputy Program Advisor for Infrastructure
Sam Gold, Chair
Elizabeth Sanderson, BIL Coordinator
Melissa Evans, Safety Circuit Rider – T2 Center UCONN