Waco engineers eye federal funding for bridge repairs | Local Govt. and Politics


A federal infrastructure bill passed last year designates $537 million to maintain and repair bridges in Texas over five years, which could help fund repair projects the city of Waco has been weighing for years.

Local leaders are eyeing a Speegleville Road bridge over the Middle Bosque River and a few crossing Primrose Creek, but details of how the money will be prioritized have not been finalized.

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Federal Highway Administration will allocate more than $27 billion through the Bridge Formula Program, which can pay for projects owned by state departments of transportation and local governments alike. There are more than 55,000 bridges in Texas and about 677 in McLennan County, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The city of Waco has seven high-priority bridge projects listed in its 2021-22 capital improvement plan, but cities have not yet received clear guidelines on…

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