24 infrastructure projects across 18 states have been selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation for a total of $905 million in the new round of the Rebuilding America (aka INFRA) grant program. A total of 157 applications came in from 42 states, representing a total of $6.8 billion in requests! What’s next for the lucky winners?
Big INFRA Grant Winner: Wenatchee, Washington
The largest proposed new INFR grant is $92.4 million for a cluster of road improvements in the city of Wenatchee, Washington. How soon could building begin? As ENR explains:
INFRA grants provide only a portion of a project’s total cost. States, cities and other recipients supplement the grants with their own funds or other financial resources….The grants are DOT’s proposed awards. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which created the program, Congress has 60 days to review the selections. After that period, if Congress does not object to the department’s proposals, DOT can start to obligate the funds.
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Pending Congress’ 60 day review of the proposed INFRA grant roster, many of the winners will be set to begin interstate highway upgrades, improve critical roadways and repair bridges. ENR sums up some of the largest efforts poised for funds:
Interstate highway upgrades were among the winning projects. They include $86 million for improvements to Interstate-80 in Yolo County, Calif.; $70 million to the Indiana DOT for interchange reconstruction and expansion of I-465 and I-69 northeast of Indianapolis.
Also on the list of proposed grants are $61.6 million to the South Dakota DOT for rebuilding a stretch of I-90 and $60 million to the Texas DOT for improvements to a section of I-35.
The city of Seattle was selected for $11.3 million to repair the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge—closed last year because of structural problems—and the Spokane Street Swing Bridge adjacent to it. Work is to include replacing damaged bridge decks, expansion joints and sections of barriers….
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