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Pete Buttigieg to unveil $142M in federal infrastructure funds for Pittsburgh

By Jake Beardslee · January 26, 2024

In brief…

  • Buttigieg to announce $142M in infrastructure funding for Pittsburgh
  • Money will rehabilitate 10 bridges on I-376 corridor
  • Funding also for new downtown flood wall
  • Investments part of Biden's infrastructure law
Transportation Secretary Buttigieg will visit Pittsburgh to announce $142 million in federal infrastructure funding from Biden's infrastructure law for renovating bridges and new flood control measures in the city.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Friday to announce $142 million in federal infrastructure funding that will go towards renovating bridges and flood control projects in the city, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Buttigieg will join federal, state and local leaders including Senator John Fetterman, Representative Chris Deluzio, and Representative Summer Lee to celebrate the major investment, which aims to upgrade aging infrastructure along the critical I-376 corridor, officials said.

The federal dollars will be allocated to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission to rehabilitate 10 bridges along the I-376 corridor that have fallen into disrepair. The funding will also help construct a new flood wall in downtown Pittsburgh to address recurring flooding issues in an area prone to emergency closures known locally as “the bathtub.” The flood control project seeks to improve traffic flow and reduce costly recurring maintenance required in the flood-prone zone, which has been a longstanding infrastructure issue for the city, officials said.

The funding being announced comes from the INFRA and Mega federal grant programs, which were funded through President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law enacted last year. The law aims to rebuild crumbling infrastructure across the country.