The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) recently announced nearly $1.5 billion in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.
“These INFRA grants will empower states and communities to make significant long-term infrastructure improvements that will shape transportation and mobility for decades to come,” U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao said in a release.
As required by the FAST Act, U.S. DOT notified Congress on June 5 about the 26 projects selected to receive the $1.535 billion worth of grants via the INFRA program—triggering a mandatory 60-day congressional review period before the agency can, in fact, award them.
The INFRA program prioritizes freight-related highway projects, though some limited rail and port infrastructure is allowed as long as it reduces congestion on highways. The law specified that 10% of the funds be available for small projects valued at $5 million or more, while large projects must be at least $25 million. Furthermore, at least 25% of the overall funding must go to rural projects.
A complete list of the proposed large INFRA grants can be found on the U.S DOT website.
Source: U.S. DOT / AASHTO Journal