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USDOT awards $1B grants for infrastructure projects

From Transport Topics.

Infrastructure projects around the country linked to freight and passenger networks were awarded nearly $1 billion in federal grants, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg indicated the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants would be tools to target nearly 90 projects in 47 states as well as Washington, D.C., and Guam.

Since the Obama administration, these federal infrastructure grants have been sought by state and municipal agencies to support big-ticket connectivity programs.

“We’re proud to support these great projects that will improve infrastructure, strengthen supply chains, make us safer, advance equity and combat climate change,” Buttigieg said Nov. 19.

“As in past years, we received far more applications than we could fund. This cycle saw about a 10-to-1 ratio of requests to available dollars. But going forward, with the passage of President [Joe] Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, we will be able to support far more infrastructure projects to support jobs and everyday life in communities across the country.”

Among the grant recipients was the city of Seattle. DOT provided it with $20 million to assist with the reconstruction of a 1.1-mile stretch of the East Marginal Way roadway to reduce travel time for motorists. The grant also would serve to upgrade the corridor to meet heavy-haul standards.

According to DOT, upgrades to the roadway’s freight system are meant to ameliorate supply chain bottlenecks.

See the complete article online at Transport Topics.