ROADS/BRIDGES: States submit transportation project requests to Trump

Jan. 24, 2017

A total of 43 states and territories have submitted transportation project funding requests to the new administration

States have submitted more than 300 transportation projects to be considered by President Trump as he puts together a substantially large infrastructure bill.

The National Governors Association (NGA), which was asked by the transition team in early December to start collecting the requests, says a total of 43 states and territories have weighed in so far. More states are expected to send in their infrastructure requests in the coming weeks.

Among those submitted are a mix of projects that would require direct federal funding and projects that could use public-private partnerships. The goal for the NGA is to create a list of top-ranking projects that Trump could choose from so that certain projects do not surpass others that may be a higher priority in a state.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and airports, but the president has not sketched out his infrastructure proposal in detail yet. Capitol Hill lawmakers acknowledge that the timing of the bill may slip past Trump’s first 100 days in office.

But there are signs that Trump is still committed to advancing a major rebuilding package this year. Trump mentioned the issue in his inauguration speech and has put together a team lead by real estate developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth to start identifying which projects should be targeted under any infrastructure proposal.