Contractors examine plans as a Florida East Coast Railway Company (FEC) freight practice strikes previous the under-construction All Aboard Florida Brightline Categorical Intercity practice station on Friday, October 14, 2016 in West Palm Seashore, Florida, US. (Mark Ely

US transportation officers on Thursday introduced $2.2 billion for native infrastructure tasks, paving the way in which for brand new bridges, roads, bike lanes, railways and ports in lots of communities throughout the nation.

Aggressive grants are greater than double the quantity offered final yr underneath the identical program. The inflow comes from a $1 trillion infrastructure laws backed by President Joe Biden, which offered an extra $7.5 billion over 5 years for grants.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg mentioned the tasks would assist modernize America’s transportation methods by making communities “safer, extra inexpensive, extra accessible and extra sustainable.”

Buttigieg traveled to Arizona to focus on tasks in Phoenix and Tucson, every receiving a most of $25 million. In Phoenix, the cash will assist construct a brand new bike and pedestrian bridge connecting the north and south banks of the Rio Salado path system.

In Tucson, the cash will redesign a significant highway and change a Nineteen Sixties vehicular bridge that’s in poor situation. It would additionally add a separate bicycle and pedestrian bridge to Mayor Regina Romero as a part of “a transformational funding in Tucson’s infrastructure.”

Whereas the Tucson mission will broaden quantity lanes for motorists, another tasks will cut back them. For instance, a $17 million grant will assist restrict a five-lane highway to 3 lanes within the Chicago suburb of Munster, Indiana, in an effort to cut back site visitors accidents. The cash can even fund a 10-foot-wide multi-purpose path alongside the highway and plant greater than 250 timber.

Different newly introduced tasks within the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Fairness program additionally present funding for bicycles and walkways.

Contact: View full listing of tasks right here (PDF)

Texas and Kansas are every receiving about $25 million for climbing and biking trails. Huntsville, Alabama, is receiving $20 million to enhance a pedestrian hall connecting the town to totally different neighborhoods. One other $20 million helps to finance a brand new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Potomac River between Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

A complete of 166 tasks throughout the nation are receiving $2.2 billion a chunk. Funding has elevated considerably from $983 million distributed amongst 90 tasks in 2021. The allocation is the biggest for a program relationship to 2009, which has undergone a number of title and emphasis adjustments throughout the presidential administrations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Though nonetheless substantial, the funding doesn’t have fairly the buying energy as was anticipated when Congress handed the infrastructure legislation final yr. It is because inflation has raised the price of key transport development supplies, comparable to metal plates for bridges and asphalt to pave roads.

This yr’s tasks vary from a brand new sea wall and port enhancements in Sitka, Alaska, to the development of a four-lane parkway within the Virgin Islands.

Amongst different tasks, New Jersey is getting $20 million to raise a roadway that serves as the principle evacuation route for Atlantic Metropolis and its on line casino trade. In Louisiana, $20 million will go towards the design and development of two practice stations alongside a deliberate route between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Whatcom County, Washington, will obtain $25 million to switch a 60-year-old ferry serving rural Lumi Island with an electrical hybrid mannequin.



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