FUNDING: U.S. DOT awards nearly $800 million for transportation infrastructure projects

Sept. 8, 2016

The FASTLANE federal grants have been awarded to 18 projects across the nation

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Sept. 7 that almost $800 million in inaugural FASTLANE federal grants has been awarded to 18 transportation infrastructure projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Foxx said the grants will be combined with other funding from federal, state, local, and private sources “to support $3.6 billion in infrastructure investment.”

The FASTLANE grant program was established by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill passed late last year.

Among the projects that are receiving grants through the inaugural batch of FASTLANE awards are: The Atlantic Gateway project in Virginia; the U.S. 69/75 corridor in southern Oklahoma; bottleneck improvements along I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson; and improvements to the infrastructure, equipment, and technology at the Port of Portland in Maine.

Foxx said that FASTLANE grant recipients were selected through a review process to identify projects that will have “significant regional and national impacts by reducing congestion, expanding capacity, using innovative technology, improving safety, or moving freight more efficiently.”

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