Applications Open for Digital Construction Grants

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2023

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced that it is now accepting applications for a new $85 million digital construction grant program. The Advanced Digital Construction Management Systems (ADCMS) grant program, the Department says, will aid in digital construction such as computer modeling and 3D design to “encourage state-of-the-art practices in project delivery.”

According to the release, this funding opportunity, in its first year under President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, will focus on projects that promote information-sharing, reduce reliance on paper, improve productivity and savings during project delivery and serve as models for the use of digital construction technologies.

About the Funding

The ADCMS is reportedly just one aspect of the FHWA’s “multifaceted” Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) and will provide funding as an incentive for state departments of transportation.

Additionally, the release states that the funding could promote access to meaningful, accurate and easy-to-use data from construction professionals with “enhanced” software modeling tools and features. According to the FHWA, better and more consistent modeling would allow for the “seamless sharing of design and construction plans.”

Program goals reportedly include:

  • Accelerated adoption of advanced digital construction management systems to boost productivity and manage complex projects;
  • More timely and productive information-sharing;
  • The development and deployment of best practices; and
  • Increased transparency as the result of the real-time sharing of information.

“Technology has transformed many facets of life in the modern era, and we want the transportation construction industry to take advantage of these advancements to deliver projects on time and on budget,” said FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt.

“These technologies, along with funding from President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, will help us more quickly deliver the transportation system of the 21st century.”

State Departments of Transportation, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are eligible to apply and are reportedly encouraged to partner with local governments, tribes and private industry to design their proposed projects.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the ADCMS program is available at ADCMS Grants along with more information about the program.

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On the same day, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the DOT is also now accepting applications for up to $5.575 billion in funding for projects of regional or national significance.

The funding is reportedly another part of Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law and will work to support three major discretionary grant programs involving surface transportation projects “designed to strengthen supply chains, spur economic development, and improve safety and daily life.”

According to the announcement, available funding for new projects include:

  • $1.8 billion for the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) program: The Mega program supports large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and are likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits;
  • $3.1 billion for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program: The INFRA program awards competitive grants to multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, accessibility, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas; and
  • $675 million for the Rural Surface Transportation Grant (Rural) program: The Rural program supports projects that improve and expand our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas in order to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life.

Additionally, the DOT has reportedly awarded another $274 million for 12 projects through the Rural grant program, as well as $1.5 billion for 26 projects through the INFRA program.

The release also states that applications seeking $1 billion or more in Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) program funds will be reviewed and assessed on if the current project’s estimated costs are “reasonable” and if lower cost alternatives exist.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21. Applicants can reportedly find the Notice of Funding Opportunity, frequently asked questions and other resources here.


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