California, Ohio, New Mexico, New York, and Texas will split $4.8 million provided by the United States Department of Transportation.
This funding aims to speed up planning, preliminary design, and engineering for infrastructure in some states.
Announced on Aug. 22 under the Regional Infrastructure Acceleration Program, under the Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau.
“The new awards expand our geographic reach and increase the diversity of projects in the pipeline,” said Morteza Farajian, bureau executive director. “We look forward to building on this program even more later this year with another round of available funding.”
Where is this money going?
For California, $1.5 million will go to the Metropolitan Planning Commission in San Francisco. This funding aims to address congestion, rising sea levels, flooding, and rail and transportation issues.
Dona Ana County, in New Mexico, will receive $1.1 million to be used for the New Mexico TradePort Project, a key logistics hub and trade port at the border near Texas and Mexico.
“The county looks forward to working with the federal government as we develop what the future of an intermodal center can be,” said Fernando Macias, county manager.
Texas will receive $455,000 to identify rail revitalization and road modernization projects. An Amarillo-based Panhandle Regional Planning Commission will be the one to evaluate projects that will directly provide economic and social growth in 40 rural countries.
Suffolk County in New York will receive $1 million for the Midway Crossing Project, which will build a multimodal transportation hub with air and rail connections in a mixed-use commercial development.
Finally, the Central Ohio Transit Authority will receive $750,000 for its LinkUS Mobility initiative. This will improve transportation by focusing on traffic management, public transportation, land use, and developing high-level transit corridors.
$4.8 million to improve infrastructure in certain states is helpful, but if you have driven on the roads (which I assume many of you have), you’ll know there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but this is a start.
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