How New Infrastructure Spending Impacts Safety and America’s Workforce. The infrastructure bill reserves $110 billion for bridge and road improvements.
Increased Infrastructure Spending Aims to Improve Highways & Bridges
The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act represents the largest investment in transportation infrastructure in U.S. history, and includes funding to repair the country's aging roads and bridges, eliminate rail repair backlogs, expand utility networks and electric car charging stations, and upgrade water systems.
The White House calls on states to create "freight movement playbooks" which can help prioritize which highways see the most freight volume and need infrastructure improvements or repairs. This program would work in tandem with monies set aside for bridge and road projects.
Bridges and Roads
The infrastructure bill reserves $110 billion for bridge and road improvements. The plans call for a focus on how to build out infrastructure for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists with climate change, equity and safety in mind.
There is also tens of billions of dollars in grant monies that the state can apply for to help repair and replace significant highway and bridge projects.
Transportation Related Infrastructure Spending
New Infrastructure Legislation will be the largest investment in transportation infrastructure in U.S. history, and included funding to repair the country’s aging roads and bridges.
Estimated Bridge Allocated Spending by State
California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois will see the highest estimated bridge allocations.
Bridge Repair & Replacement
The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act includes a total of $40 billion of new funding for bridge repair, replacement and rehabilitation, which is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system.
|Provide necessary funding that invests in projects that improve the condition of bridges.|
|Requires all projects funded by grants to us American-made steel and iron.|
|Rehabilitates or replaces bridges of all sizes.|
|Creates an evaluation process to ensure a fair and efficient allocation of funding.|
|Provides quick grants for small projects, and allows projects to be bundled into a single application.|
|Allows entities of all sizes and scope to apply for funding.|
Increased Bridge Funding Renews Calls for Worker Safety
Repairing and Rebuilding Bridges and Highways Require a Renewed Focus on Worker Safety
Government Funded Bridge Projects Require Fall Protection, and Safety Measures to Protect Our Workforce
For the third year in a row, fall protection was #1 on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Top 10 list of the most cited violations, with 8,241 fall protection citations issued in 2014, according to OSHA. Now, more than ever, all bridge contractors must learn how to implement comprehensive fall protection programs. The new infrastructure bill will invest $110 billion of new funds for roads, bridges, and major projects, and will in turn increase the frequency of construction, and maintenance workers on America’s bridges.
Bridge contractors can increase fall protection by taking 4 key steps:
(American Road & Transportation Builders Association)
Bridge Worker Dangers & Risks
Falls are the leading cause of death in construction
A 45-year old bridge worker fell 70 feet to his death from the Mount Hope Bridge in Connecticut.
Two bridge workers, ages 53 and 63, fell 90 feet to their deaths from a bridge near Montgomery, Alabama.
A 34 year old bridge worker fell 60 feet to his death from a bridge across Lake Washington near Seattle.
A construction worker fell to his death while painting on the side of the Manhattan Bridge.
Plan Ahead With Fall Protection Systems
KeeLine Horizontal Lifeline Systems for Bridge Construction, Inspection, and Maintenance Allows Workers to Move Safely
Establish an OSHA Compliant System