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Phillips Secures Funding for Critical 494 Bridge Repairs

Phillips helped pass more than $302 million in federal funding for Minnesota bridge projects in Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

MINNETONKA, MN — Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced that critical repairs for the I-494 bridge over the Minnesota River were included in the first round of bridge investments headed to Minnesota from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Phillips helped pass the bipartisan infrastructure law, which will deliver $60.4 million to Minnesota bridge projects in FY 2022 alone, part of a total $302.2 million investment for Minnesota bridges over the next five years.

“Minnesotans send far more of our hard-earned tax dollars to Washington than we receive back in federal support – and we know the dangers of neglected bridges,” said Phillips. “Investments from the bipartisan infrastructure law are now heading to Minnesota to help us rectify both problems. The I-494 bridge project, near the MSP Airport and Mall of America, is located on one of the most-travelled stretches of highway in our entire state. Drivers from every corner of Minnesota will benefit from federal investments made right here in our community. This is exactly how our government is meant to work.”

Currently, 661 bridges in Minnesota are rated in poor condition.

For more information on the Federal Highway Administration’s Bridge Formula Program funding to states, click here.