PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $25 million federal grant has been awarded to fix a highway bridge between Providence and East Providence.

The state's congressional delegation announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant for Rhode Island's Department of Transportation, bringing the federal commitment for the project to $56 million.

It's expected to cost $70 million to rehabilitate the Washington Bridge's westbound span. The bridge, which was built in 1969, carries about 70,000 vehicles per day along Interstate 195.

The delegation says the project would add more capacity, realign ramps and bring the bridge into a state of good repair.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the much-needed improvements will make driving between Providence and the East Bay faster and safer, and prepare another major state artery for the 21st century economy.

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