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New England District to Receive More Than $273M in Supplemental Infrastructure, Disaster Relief Funding

CONCORD, MA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will receive more than $273 million in additional funding for projects and studies throughout New England as a result of two recently enacted laws — the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 2022 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (DRSAA).

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works recently announced the nationwide studies, projects, and programs that are receiving funding under the two laws, which combined provide $22.81 billion for the USACE Civil Works program.

“We very much appreciate the accelerated funding provided by the administration to allow us to tackle our infrastructure and climate resilience needs,” said USACE New England District Commander Col. John A. Atilano II. “The New England District is grateful for the large investment in critical projects that enables us to maintain navigation channels, repair structures, maintain our infrastructure, and complete shore protection projects and navigation improvements."

Future announcements will provide spend plans for subsequent years. Each spend plan will be in continued support of administration goals of expanded access to America’s ports through dredging, as well as building resilience in the face of global climate change, while benefitting economically disadvantaged communities and regions, and advancing environmental justice.

"The Army will work with community partners to leverage these historic Civil Works funds for investments that strengthen national supply chains through our commercial navigation mission, help communities impacted by climate change to increase their resiliency, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind," said The Honorable Michael L. Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

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With the $17.099 billion provided in the IIJA, the Army will fund Army Civil Works studies and projects, maintain existing infrastructure, and repair damage and dredge channels in response to floods and coastal storms. Through this investment in water resources infrastructure, over $5 billion will help improve community resilience in the face of global climate change and $3.936 billion will address commercial navigation improvements at coastal ports and on the inland waterways.

The Army plan under the IIJA funds operations and maintenance work projects in five of the six New England District states. In Connecticut, the Army will fund 10 civil works projects totaling more than $8.6 million, including just over $5 million for dredging and surveys in Milford Harbor. Additional funded projects include $1.28 million for dredging and surveys in Southport Harbor, $760,000 for dredging and surveys in the Patchogue River, and $800,000 to clean up debris, modernize campground electrical sites, and pave a boat ramp parking lot and access road at West Thompson Lake.

In Massachusetts, 13 civil work projects totaling more than $20.8 million will be funded, including $4.89 million for dredging and surveys in Wareham Harbor, $4.4 million for dredging work in the Essex River, $2.95 million for dredging and surveys in Salem Harbor, $2.5 million for dredging work in Newburyport Harbor, and $2.6 million for steel and timber repairs to mooring dolphins and finding and replacing missing boundary markers at the Cape Cod Canal. In addition, the New England District will continue to work with its partners to advance efforts to address the aging Bourne and Sagamore Bridges over the Cape Cod Canal.

In Maine, the Army will fund four civil works projects totaling more than $18 million, including $6.3 million for breakwater repair and surveys in Bar Harbor, $4.8 million for dredging work in the Scarborough River, $3.95 million for dredging and surveys in the Narraguagus River in Milbridge, and $3.4 million for dredging and surveys in the Josias River in Perkins Cove.

In New Hampshire, two civil works projects totaling $1.76 million will be funded, including $1.68 million for dredging and surveys in Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River.

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And in Vermont, the Army will fund two civil works projects totaling $1.3 million, including $1.13 million to replace a well casing at Winhall Brook Camping Area, upgrade electrical service, install water and electricity connecting, and perform Slason Bridge approach roadwork at Ball Mountain.

Additionally, the Army plan under the IIJA funds one construction project in Connecticut. For FY 2022, the Army will fund $63 million for the New Haven Harbor Deepening Project, allowing the start of design efforts and moving directly into construction to completion.

Of the $5.711 billion supplemental funds that the DRSAA provides for the Army Civil Works Program, the law provides $3 billion for construction of qualifying flood and storm damage reduction projects, including shore protection projects. Under the DRSAA, the Army will fund $160 million for construction work in Connecticut in Fairfield and New Haven counties under the Flood Damage Reduction Coastal program. The project work includes constructing a floodwall, closures, and a pump station to protect the Long Wharf area of downtown New Haven. The Army plan under the DRSAA also funds one operations and maintenance work project in Connecticut.

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