This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the first round of grants from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s competitive Bridge Investment Program. Among the 2022 Bridge Planning Grant recipients is Tehama County, which will receive $320,000 for a feasibility study to determine if the Woodson Bridge over the Sacramento River can be rehabilitated or if a new bridge must be constructed. The project will include life cycle cost analysis for both alternatives.

The FHWA also announced the release of nearly $60 billion to states in fiscal year 2023 allotments, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), to 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure. In the past year, BIL funding has been used to help address needs in every state, including funding through the National Highway Performance Program which provided financial assistance for the construction of a new bridge, passing lanes, and two-way left-turn highways on California State Route 46, which traverses San Luis Obispo County.