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Senate Passes Increased Funding for Bridge Repair and Affordable Housing/Main Street Programs
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - National Trust for Historic Preservation, HUD, Highway Trust Fund
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org

The Senate passed the FY’08 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill (HR 3074) by a margin of 88-7 this week. Included in the bill was an amendment that would allocate an additional $1 billion in grants to states for bridge repairs in fiscal 2008. The money would not be a regular appropriation but instead would raise the amount states could obligate from the Highway Trust Fund. It is unclear whether historic bridges would benefit from this additional funding. However, the National Trust is following all of the developments on bridge repair and rehabilitation in the hopes of including structurally deficient historic bridges as part of the new bridge repair effort in Congress.

HR 3074 also contains a provision prohibiting states to use un-obligated, suballocation monies — such as transportation enhancements — from satisfying rescission requests. Enhancements projects are the largest source of preservation-related transportation funding in the federal budget.

In addition, the DOT-HUD spending bill provided $100 million for the HOPE VI program, the same level provided in FY’07. The HOPE VI program sets aside five percent of the federal funds allocated to the program for Main Street projects in cities with a population under 50,000 to use for development of affordable downtown housing in upper-floor and other underused spaces in existing buildings.

The DOT-HUD bill passed the House in July and is set to go to conference.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: National Trust for Historic Preservation, HUD, Highway Trust Fund

Posted: September 18, 2007
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