$23M in unused federal transportation funds fall to Delaware

The new Chapman Road bridge across I-95 in Newark will benefit from the redistribution of federal funds.
The new Chapman Road bridge across I-95 in Newark will benefit from the redistribution of federal funds.

The Federal Highway Administration has announced $23,091,713 in federal funding for infrastructure projects in Delaware. The money is redistributed from transportation improvement funds that were allocated to other states but not used.

“We are investing $650 million in infrastructure projects across the state this year – our largest capital program ever – and these additional dollars will help us move additional projects forward that will improve our roads and bridges,” said Gov. John Carney.

“We’ve now received an additional $100 million over the past five years from FHWA’s annual redistribution process. As a result of receiving the additional funding, we are able to move targeted projects ahead sooner than originally planned,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

The redistribution of unused funding happens annually before the end of the federal fiscal year. This year, the funds will support the expedited rehabilitation of three bridges located at the Route 141 and Kirkwood Highway interchange in Elsmere and construction of a new Chapman Road bridge across I-95 in Newark.

Safety projects that will now be accelerated include the US 13 Median Barrier Replacement and SR 1 to Red Lion Road. The additional funding will also allow the placement of High Friction Surface Treatment throughout the state, which is a proven safety countermeasure and part of DelDOT’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

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