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DOT Announces BUILD Grant Recipients

Friday, November 15, 2019

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the award of $900 million in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants to 55 projects across 35 states.

“The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair, rebuild and revitalize significant infrastructure projects across the country,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.


In April 2018, the U.S. DOT announced that it would be replacing the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program with BUILD, in order to shift focus on more rural infrastructure projects.

“BUILD Transportation grants will help communities revitalize their surface transportation systems while also increasing support for rural areas to ensure that every region of our country benefits,” said Chao in the announcement for the 2018 fiscal year grants.

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the award of $900 million in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants to 55 projects across 35 states.

Projects covered under BUILD are evaluated based on “safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership and additional non-federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments,” according to the DOT.

Recent Funding Availability

The announcement for the most recent round of available funding was made in April. These grants are intended for use toward roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or other forms of intermodal transportation. The program also allows for special consideration to projects that emphasize better access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation in rural communities, however.

Special consideration criteria include projects that plan to improve the condition of infrastructure, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, facilitate economic growth or competitiveness, deploy broadband as part of an eligible transportation project or promote energy independence.

The maximum grant award during this round of BUILD grants will be $25 million, with no more than $90 million awarded to an individual state.

BUILD Grant Winners

In the recent announcement, the DOT emphasized that 50% of the grant funding went to projects in rural areas. Six projects in total won the maximum $25 million grant amount, including: a highway interchange in Aurora, Colorado; bridge work in Providence, Rhode Island; road reconstruction in Houston; a marine terminal in Anchorage, Alaska; dam mitigation and a recreation trail in Des Moines, Iowa; and the replacement of a bridge in Augusta, Maine.

The bridge replacement project in Augusta will address a structure that is reaching the end of its functional lifespan. The Station 46 Bridge serves as an important local link to both employment centers and job opportunities.

Bridge work in Providence, Rhode Island, will focus on rehabilitating the superstructure of the Washington Bridge, as well as restriping the I-195 mainline in East Providence. As a result, the life of the bridge will be extended by 25 years.

According to the Engineering News-Record, the roads category received the highest amount of funding, totaling 38 grants. Additionally, six transit projects won 10.9% of the total funding, three railing projects won 5.5% and one aviation project won 1.8%.


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