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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 area is below:

  • Ashley River Crossing
  • o Charleston, South Carolina
    o Grant Funding: $18,149,750
    o Estimated Total Project Costs: $22,749,750
  • I-64 Widening: Nitro to St. Albans Project
  • o Charleston, West Virginia
    o Grant Funding: $20,000,000
    o Estimated Total Project Costs: $265,000,000
  • I-95 Resiliency and Innovative Technology Improvements
  • o Robeson and Cumberland Counties, North Carolina
    o Grant Funding: $22,500,000
    o Estimated Total Project Costs: $685,115,000
    • Silicon Shores East-West Connector Road o Mooresville, North Carolina
    o Grant Funding: $13,609,131
    o Estimated Total Project Costs: $21,730,195
    • Transportation Accessibility, Safety and Connectivity Project o Greenville, North Carolina
    o Grant Funding: $15,000,000
    o Estimated Total Project Costs: $24,000,000
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