U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao yesterday announced the administration's investment of $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.
The federal transportation funding has been awarded to 55 projects in 35 states.
“The administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair, rebuild, and revitalize significant infrastructure projects across the country,” Secretary Chao said in a statement.
FY 2019 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and have been awarded on a competitive basis to projects with a significant impact in their local or regional communities. BUILD funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation.
Projects selected include those focused on mobility as well as multimodal and transit-related projects. These include the Multimodal Corridor Expansion and Improvement project in Beaumont, Texas; the Southern Illinois Multimodal Station in Carbondale, Illinois; and the Orange County Local Alternative Mobility Network project in Orlando, Florida.
The program selection criteria encompassed safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, environmental sustainability, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.
The full list of awarded projects can be found on the U.S. DOT website.
SOURCE: U.S. DOT