166 new federal grants announced for projects under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

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The Lynnway Multimodal Corridor is a recipient of the 2022 RAISE grant of $20,250,000. This project will provide design and construction services for dedicated bus lanes, improved bus stops, a two-way segregated cycle lane and sidewalk improvements on the Lynnway (MA Route 1A) between General Edwards Bridge and Broad Street .

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris administration has awarded more than $2.2 billion from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help urban and rural communities move from forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, public transit, rail, ports and more. This year’s allocations will help more than 160 combines, more than ever before, due to the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The law provides an additional $7.5 billion over five years for the RAISE program to help more projects get started across the country.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible and more sustainable,” said the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. , Pete Buttigieg. “With funds from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”

The projects were evaluated according to several criteria, including safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, competitiveness and economic opportunity, partnership and collaboration, innovation, state of good repair, mobility and community connectivity. In these areas, the Department considered how projects will improve accessibility for all travellers, enhance supply chain efficiencies, and support racial equity and economic growth, particularly in historically disadvantaged communities and areas of persistent poverty.

Additional background:

  • RAISE 2022 grants are for planning and capital investments that support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation.
  • 50% of the funding is for projects in rural areas and 50% of the funding is for projects in urban areas.
  • Nearly two-thirds of projects are located in areas of persistent poverty or historically disadvantaged communities.
  • The largest grant is $25 million. By law, no more than $341.25 million could be awarded to a single state in this round of funding.
  • Among the projects selected this year, 11 included a local hiring clause.
  • Several projects include workforce development aspects, including four projects that have project labor agreements, eight projects that have registered apprenticeship programs, and another eight projects with other workforce development provisions. workforce.

Projects in some key mid-term battleground states are among those the administration has chosen to highlight in their Release. On the day of the announcement, Secretary Buttigieg traveled to Tucson and Phoenix where he is visiting two projects that are receiving RAISE awards. Later this month, the Secretary and other senior USDOT officials will fan out across the country to visit other sites that receive RAISE awards to highlight how the bipartisan Infrastructure Act helps invest in communities and advance important infrastructure projects in communities large and small. .

A full list of projects can be found here.

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