Late last year, President Biden signed into law the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and since then, the administration has done a great deal of funding infrastructure throughout the nation. However, they are looking to accelerate the pace that the federal, state and local governments, and the private sector can deliver infrastructure projects is critical to fully maximizing the benefits of the law.
According to a press release from the White House, the administration is determined to accelerate the progress made on the IIJA thus far. Federal agencies will do their part, focused on accelerating the pace of design, construction, and permitting. Over 90% of funding from the IIJA being delivered by non-federal agencies, they are asking that their partners also find ways to accelerate the delivery of infrastructure.
The recently-signed Inflation Reduction Act provides $1 billion over the next ten years for federal agencies to support the timely review of major federal infrastructure projects, along with training for more effective community engagement, a critical aspect of project development.
Making good on their promise to deliver projects on time, some plans were laid out by the press release, such as The U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) expanding its Every Day Counts program, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is supporting the effort to deliver construction projects at a faster pace, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Construction Forum has issued guidance for parties on design-build projects to better assess and allocate risk.
For a full list of ways the administration is looking to accelerate infrastructure, click here.