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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces $900M Historic Investment in American Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The 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,” Chao said.

Fiscal Year 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.

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.

To reflect the administration’s ongoing effort to rebalance historic underinvestment in rural America, DOT has awarded 50 percent of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas. For this round of BUILD grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $90 million can be awarded to a single state.

The list of awards in the Construction News area is below:

  • Interconnecting Gulfport Gulfport, Mississippi

  • Grant Funding: $20,460,000
    Estimated Total Project Costs: $32,220,000
  • Memphis Innovation Corridor Memphis, Tennessee

  • Grant Funding: $12,000,000
    Estimated Total Project Costs: $73,831,000
  • Monroe Street Corridor Project Ruston, Louisiana

  • Grant Funding: $17,191,530
    Estimated Total Project Costs: $23,699,899
  • MS 182/MLK Corridor Revitalization Project Starkville, Mississippi

  • Grant Funding: $12,655,840
    Estimated Total Project Costs: $15,818,724
  • Plank-Nicholson Bus Rapid Transit Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Grant Funding: $15,000,000
    Estimated Total Project Costs: $40,218,000

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