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DOT Announces $1.5B in Infrastructure Grants

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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On Tuesday (Dec. 11), the Department of Transportation announced $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding to 91 projects across 49 states, including the District of Columbia, with bridge projects taking home more than two-thirds of the grant money.

Funding for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants was selected as part of the program for fiscal 2018.

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Out of the funding available, $25 million, the maximum amount that could be given to a single project, went to the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge’s masonry arches and foundations, located on the Manhattan and Brooklyn approaches.

BUILD Grant Announcement

DOT Secretary Elaine Chao noted that highway and bridge projects received the largest portion in funding—totaling 69 percent, or more than $1 billion. The total was split among 60 projects in that category, which include:

  • $25 million, the maximum amount that could be given to a single project, going to the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge’s masonry arches and foundations, located on the Manhattan and Brooklyn approaches;
  • $20 million going to Vermont for the replacement of 31 railroad bridges over roughly 53 miles of track on the Vermont Railway’s Western Corridor; and
  • $25 million going to Missouri for the replacement of the Buck O’Neil Bridge, which carries US 169 over the Missouri River in Kansas City.

Chao also noted that rail projects received $165 million, transit received $141 million and ports received $146 million. These grants only provide partial funding for each project; the remaining amount must be pieced together with private, state, local or other federal funds. Out of the 91 projects, 12 total each received $25 million, including Louisiana’s project to widen and rehabilitate a 3.8-mile stretch of Interstate 12.

Demand for grants exceeded funding available—there were 851 applications from all 50 states, as well as the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Projects were selected based on: safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection and state of good repair. Other criteria also accounted for innovation, broadband service to underserved communities and demonstrating partnerships between the public and private sectors.

“BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit  and port projects that serve as a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure,” said Chao.

   

Tagged categories: Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Grants; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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