ROADS/BRIDGES: Trump team compiles infrastructure priority list

The Gateway Program and the Brent Spence Bridge are among the 50 potential transportation projects totaling $137.5 billion

January 25, 2017
The Gateway Program and the Brent Spence Bridge are among the 50 potential transportation projects

President Trump’s transition team has compiled a list of 50 potential transportation projects across the country that could be targeted in his promised infrastructure proposal, according to documents obtained by McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune.

Two of the examples floated on the list—the Gateway Program and Brent Spence Bridge—would upgrade critical structures in Kentucky and New York that have long been championed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

However, it's not clear whether the 52-page document is a preliminary draft or a final proposal. The document includes all but two projects that were circulated in a National Governors Association (NGA) spreadsheet.

The list comes nearly two months after the NGA was asked by the transition team to start collecting “shovel-ready” project requests from states in an effort to create a list that Trump could cull from. Over 300 projects had been submitted as of Monday.

The documents obtained by McClatchy, which include a portfolio of projects totaling $137.5 billion, offer a picture of the types of infrastructure investments that Trump could make, but still leaves out key details such as how the plan would be paid for.

The list from Trump’s transition team, according to the document, envisions half of the funding coming from the private sector, and would require projects to be considered a national security or emergency, “shovel-ready” and a direct job-creator in order to qualify.

Other projects reportedly being considered by Trump’s team include building a high-speed railway from Dallas to Houston; constructing a new terminal at the Kansas City airport; repairing a highway in North Carolina; and expanding New York City’s subway.