Golden Gate Bridge Gets $400 Million to Brace Against Earthquakes
By Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News Foundation
San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is set to receive $400 million in federal funds to strengthen its resilience against disasters, Congressman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, announced on Friday. Thanks to the Biden Administration’s historic Infrastructure Law — the largest investment in U.S. bridges since the creation of the interstate highway system — the bridge is receiving funds under the Federal Highway Administration to retrofit its main suspension and better equip it against earthquakes.
“The Golden Gate Bridge is not only an iconic part of the Bay Area, but a vital thoroughfare for countless folks in the region,” Huffman said in a statement. Huffman urged the Department of Transportation to provide funding for the bridge in May, after the FHWA found that continued deterioration of the bridge would make it fall into poor condition within the next three years.
“We want to thank Congressman Huffman, Speaker Pelosi, the Biden Administration, and the entire Bay Area congressional delegation for this vital funding that will secure the Golden Gate Bridge for generations,” said Denis Mulligan, general manager of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. “The Bridge turned 85 years old this year, and this investment will ensure that the Golden Gate Bridge stands stronger than ever.”
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