By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Earthquake-prone California is getting billions of dollars to help renovate and upgrade its bridges.

The White House on Friday earmarked $26.5 billion from last year’s infrastructure bill to fix the nation’s 15,000 crumbling bridges to help move goods across the country more efficiently and help ease the ongoing supply-chain crisis.

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“Bridges are vital arteries for our economic activity, helping commuters get to work and keeping goods moving efficiently through the supply chain,” California Sen. Alex Padilla said in a statement.

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California, which the U.S. Department of Transportation says has 1,536 bridges rated in poor condition, will get $4.2 billion of those funds over five years.

“California has more than 1,500 bridges that are in desperate need of repair,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement. “This funding will go a long way to increase the safety, stability and lifespan of our state’s bridges, especially in the face of earthquakes.”

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The Biden Administration is working to improve the nation’s infrastructure in an effort to accelerate recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, $1.24 billion from the $30 billion American Rescue Plan was awarded to Los Angeles’ Metro system to protect transit employees from layoffs and help keep service going uninterrupted for the county’s 12 million residents.