Improving Infrastructure Climate Resiliency

May 1, 2024
New BIL programs being introduced or furthered

In recognition of Earth Month 2024, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is promoting infrastructure climate resiliency by reducing transportation-related emissions, funding resiliency projects to protect communities from climate impacts, and promoting healthy environments.

“While the transportation sector has been a major contributor to carbon emissions in the past, under the Biden Administration, the FHWA is committed to reducing emissions and advancing sustainability goals through innovative infrastructure investments,” said Shailen Bhatt, Federal Highway administrator, in a statement. “As extreme weather continues to threaten our transportation systems and the people who rely on them every day, we’re working to future-proof our infrastructure to be more resilient.”

Thanks to funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, FHWA is providing billions to states, Tribes, territories, and local governments for projects that will decrease air pollution and build more resilient infrastructure while supporting healthier communities. Recent FHWA announcements to combat climate change and support sustainability include:

  • Last week, FHWA announced the award of $148 million in grants to 16 projects in 11 states and Puerto Rico from the Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities (RTEPF) Program. The new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program aims to reduce emissions from idling trucks improving air quality for truck drivers, port workers, and communities surrounding ports. It includes investments in port electrification and efficiency improvements.
  • In March, FHWA announced the Low Carbon Transportation Materials (LCTM) Program providing $1.2 billion in funding from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to reduce pollution, including carbon emissions, through the use of low-embodied carbon materials and products used in construction projects.
  • In March, FHWA announced the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program making $44.5 million in funding available for projects that will strengthen safety and improve bicycling, walking and access to public transit in communities across the country. Improving active transportation networks will enable fewer and shorter car trips and support decarbonization efforts that lead to cleaner air.

In April, FHWA announced nearly $830 million in grants from the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program for 80 projects nationwide to help communities strengthen transportation infrastructure to make it more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, extreme weather, and other disasters. The program will help ensure infrastructure can withstand more frequent and extreme weather, which reduces future maintenance and reconstruction costs and protects people, homes, businesses, and supply chains from climate impacts.

Later this week, Federal Highway Administrator Bhatt will travel to Philadelphia to announce a $14.2 million PROTECT award funding the rehabilitation of two historic bridges. This follows travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Rye, New Hampshire, announcing a combined total of $72.5 million in grant funding for projects that will reduce flooding risks, increase the resilience road and bridge infrastructure, and prevent coastal erosion from rising sea levels and severe storms.

These recent announcements build upon FHWA’s continued work with states as they access more than $27 billion in formula funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law aimed directly at reducing transportation-related air pollution, including $7.5 billion from the NEVI and CFI grant programs; $7.2 billion from the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside; $6.4 billion from the Carbon Reduction Program; and additional funding for public transportation and multimodal travel options.


 Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation

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