USDOT Announces $1B in BUILD Grants
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced earlier this week that the Trump Administration is investing $1 billion into the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.
“This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said Chao.
USDOT announced that it was applying for the funding in February. At the time, the DOT said it expected to award 50% grant funding to rural projects that deliver positive benefits for the surrounding communities and are consistent with the ROUTES initiative.
“BUILD grants will upgrade infrastructure across America, making our transportation systems safer and more efficient,” said Chao.
In this round of grant awards, the maximum award is $25 million, while no more than $100 million will be awarded to a single state.
This week, Chao announced that the funding was awarded to 70 projects in 44 states.
“Fiscal Year 2020 BUILD Transportation grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and were awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation,” USDOT said. “Since 2017, the Administration has awarded nearly $4 billion in BUILD grants to improve America’s infrastructure.”
The agency also noted that program selection criteria encompassed safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, environmental sustainability, innovation and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.
The projects that were awarded the maximum amount of $25 million include: