FHWA Announces $70M in Grants


Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for cities, states, tribal governments and federal lands agencies to compete for $70 million in Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Project grants.

This marks the second wave of grants awarded under the program, which aims to help construct and repair roads and bridges serving tribal or federal lands.

“By enhancing key rural routes, this program is one tool of many that will help to restore the economic vitality of rural America,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason.

According to the FHWA, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act established the NSFLTP Program to provide funding for the construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation of transportation projects providing access to or located on federal or tribal lands.

In 2018, the first NOFO for the NSFLTP grant program generated 39 applications, with estimated construction costs approaching $2 billion. Ultimately, $321.4 million was awarded to six projects.

“In a time of limited budgets, these grants are a critical resource for tribal governments and Federal land management agencies needing to build or repair highways and bridges,” said Nason.

Under the program, the federal share of a project can be up to 90% and can be used to improve the condition of a critical transportation facility. Large-scale projects with estimated construction costs of $50 million or more are given priority consideration for selection, but the program accepts projects with estimated construction costs of at least $25 million.

FHWA also notes that it will consider projects located in rural areas that deliver positive benefits for those communities, consistent with the Department’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success initiative.

The NOFO application period is open through Nov. 2. Click here for more information.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Government; Grants; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Roads/Highways

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