$1.8B in Infrastructure Grants Announced Across U.S.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced $1.8 billion in awards from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 148 projects across the country.

Funding comes from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for projects across the country.
Funding comes from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for projects across the country.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced $1.8 billion in infrastructure grants for 148 road building and infrastructure projects across America. Funding comes from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for projects across the country. This announcement brings the grant program's total to $7.2 billion for more than 550 projects. 

The RAISE program was authorized $1.5 billion a year on top of already appropriated funds through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was designed to support projects of local and regional significance. Funding is split equally between urban and rural areas, and a large percentage of grants support regions defined as historically disadvantaged or areas of persistent poverty. The eligibility requirements of RAISE allow communities to pursue multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to fund through other grant programs. RAISE discretionary grants invest in critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects that would otherwise not receive necessary funding. 

The USDOT received nearly $13 billion in requests for the $1.8 billion available this year. 

Project selections include:  

  • $25 million for the Alaska Highway Permafrost Degradation Restoration Project in Fairbanks, Alaska: The project will restore approximately 45 miles of the Alaska Highway impacted by thawing permafrost and other climate change-related degradation. The project maintains and improves the mobility and community connectivity for Alaskans by ensuring the only all-season overland corridor between Alaska and the lower 48 remains traversable. Safety will be improved for roadway users by addressing severe road conditions associated with the thawing permafrost. The improvements will also ensure the roadway remains resilient to future climate change.   
  • $25 million for the Santa Ana Boulevard Grade Separation Project in Santa Ana, Calif.: The project will fund the reconstruction of an existing rail crossing with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Orange Line double tracks at Santa Ana Boulevard, adjacent to the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, with a new multimodal grade separated underpass. The reconstructed roadway will be reduced from six-lanes to four-lanes with on-street protected bikeways, sidewalks, and a pedestrian overcrossing is included that parallels the rail line. Additionally, the project will include connection to the future Golden Loop trail system, with 17.5 miles of planned trail improvements for access to the wider Santa Ana trail and recreational park network. Also, the project will eliminate vehicle idling when the at-grade crossing is closed, thereby improving air quality for the surrounding communities. 
  • $24.9 million for the Reconnecting the Allegheny Riverfront to Economic Opportunity Project in the Borough of Sharpsburg, Penn.: The project will plan, design, and construct an approximately 300-foot bridge over the Conemaugh rail line, construct additional roadway that connects to the riverfront district, construct multi-use trail on the shoreline of the river, and improvements to approximately 6 bus stops along Main Street. The project will also protect non-motorized travelers from safety risks through the construction of sidewalks and rail crossing where there currently are none. This project will assist the Borough of Sharpsburg’s goal to make the corridor environmentally friendly by supporting active and public transit and to be carbon neutral by 2050.
  • $23.5 million for the Electrify Downeast Acadia Project in Washington, Penobscot, and Hancock Counties, Maine: The project will replace Downeast Transportation Inc.'s bus fleet with 24 electric buses and chargers, focusing on safety, environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and innovation. The project aligns with the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing charging infrastructure.     
  • $22.9 million for the Lake Wales Complete Streets Project in Lake Wales, Fla.: The project will fund the Complete Streets redevelopment of four road segments in Lake Wales: 1st Street, Central Avenue, A Street, and Lincoln Avenue. Enhancements include a road diet, a separated cycle track, expanded ADA accessible sidewalks, safety enhancements at crosswalks and railroad crossings, increased shade tree canopy cover and rain gardens, lighting, underground high-speed fiber and streetlight power sources, and streetscaping. The project will protect non-motorized travelers from safety risks by implementing a road diet to reduce vehicle speeds, adding separated cycle tracks, buffering sidewalks, improving crosswalks, and upgrading lighting for improved visibility. The project will create a more affordable active transportation network that improves public health and connects the downtown and the commercial area of the Northwest Neighborhood. 
  • $21.2 million for the Wharf D Reconstruction and Resiliency Project in San Juan County, Puerto Rico: The project will plan, design, and reconstruct Wharf D of the Puerto Nuevo Docks. A goal of the project is to significantly improve safe working conditions and quality of life for terminal workers. By reconstructing Wharf D, health benefits for employees and the surrounding communities will be prioritized as workers will reap the benefits of operational efficiencies and all members of the community will experience a decrease in emissions caused by idling vessels.
  • $20.7 million for the Joe Louis Meets the Iron Belle: Connecting Communities in Detroit Project in Detroit, Mich.: The project will fund the construction of two shared-use paths in the Joe Louis Greenway and Iron Belle Trail systems. The improvements will be made on Woodmere Street and Dequindre Street, focusing on safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility, economic competitiveness, and partnership. The project will address safety, reduce air pollution, and improve quality of life through more affordable transportation options and aims to address historic inequities caused by transportation infrastructure. 
  • $19.1 million for the Reconnect Toledo’s Historic Neighborhoods Project in Toledo, Ohio: The project will construct approximately 4,184 feet of a one-mile multi-use path as part of the Glass City Riverwalk project. This project provides for an off-road, shared-use facility that will allow cyclists and pedestrians to travel a safe distance away from vehicles, reducing the number of accidents. The project also addresses the disproportionately negative environmental impacts of transportation on local communities by reducing exposure to elevated levels of air, water, and noise pollution, while improving the resilience of at-risk infrastructure against extreme weather events and natural disasters caused by climate change.
  • $12 million for the Holloway Street: Safe Access to Durham’s Busiest Transit Route Project in Durham, N.C.: The project will improve 33 intersections, including ADA curb ramps and crosswalks, tighten curb radii, upgrade bus stop amenities, and close sidewalk gaps. It focuses on safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility and community connectivity, economic competitiveness, partnership, collaboration, and innovation. The project aims to reduce fatalities and injuries, reduce conflicts, and improve connectivity for non-motorized travelers. It also aims to reduce community reliance on vehicular traffic, support electrification, and promote public health. The project also focuses on mobility and community connectivity, integrating ADA requirements and improving accessibility for no-motorized travelers.   
  • $3.9 million for the Browning Streets Community Connectivity Planning Project on the Blackfeet Reservation, Mont.: The project will fund planning and design for reconstructing streets in Browning, taking a Complete Streets approach to addressing roadway safety and pedestrian issues. Planning efforts will seek to improve access to daily destinations while decreasing dependency on motor vehicles. 

The full list of projects can be viewed here. For more information on the RAISE program, click here. For more on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's investments across America, including state-by-state, click here.  

“After decades of underinvestment, the condition of America’s infrastructure is now finally getting better instead of worse – and today we proudly announce our support for 148 more projects in communities of every size across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re funding projects across the country to make roads safer, make it easier for people to move around their community, make transportation infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather, and improve supply chains to keep costs down for consumers.”