Stauber Announces Over $10 Million in Grant Funding for St. Louis County Bridges
HERMANTOWN, MN – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) announced that St. Louis County will receive $10,252,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go towards multiple bridge projects.
“I am incredibly happy to announce that the Department of Transportation has decided to make this critical investment in St. Louis County,” said Congressman Stauber. “Businesses and families across rural Minnesota rely on a variety of bridges to engage in commerce and safely travel to work and school. Rural Minnesota matters and I look forward to seeing this grant money help spur our local economies and ensure the success of our hardworking families.”
Commissioner Mike Jugovich, Chair of the St. Louis County Public Works and Transportation Committee stated, “We are so fortunate to be awarded this more than $10 million grant through the competitive highway bridge program. We are grateful for the support from our congressional leadership. This also reflects an outstanding partnership with our state and local Mn/DOT partners as well as recognition by our federal government to target funds to support local road and bridge infrastructure. St. Louis County is responsible for maintaining 600 bridges and 3,000 miles of roads, so this will be a tremendous help in the work we do to provide safe transportation to our citizens and visitors, as well as the businesses and industry that rely on shipping products throughout our county.”
St. Louis County Administrator Kevin Gray added, “Our thanks to Mn/DOT for their support and also to our county Public Works team that put together the application for these funds. This federal grant award will be matched with local transportation sales tax funds to accelerate bridge replacement efforts. We anticipate replacing an additional 15 or more bridges that currently have weight restrictions. St. Louis County’s grant application stressed replacing bridges that were negatively impacting regional mobility and economic development.”
Congressman Stauber advocated for bridge bundling projects as a St. Louis County Commissioner and has continued his support on the federal level.