December 15, 2023
Anca Matica, Press Secretary to Governor Kotek
Governor Kotek Issues Statement on $600 Million Federal Award for Interstate Bridge Replacement
Salem, OR — On Friday, December 15 Governor Tina Kotek made the following statement after it was announced that the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program (IBR) is slated to be awarded $600 million from the Mega Grant Program for the replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge, which connects Oregon and Washington. The IBR received the full funding amount requested in its application.
“This is a big moment for the Pacific Northwest. Replacing the Interstate Bridge is a critical infrastructure investment for our local communities, two states, the West Coast, and our nation. This project will help advance our goal of reducing emissions through a modern, multimodal bridge and will provide an infusion of federal funds to our region that will support local jobs and broader workforce opportunities. I appreciate the hard work of transportation leaders in Oregon, Washington, and the federal government for making this possible.”