$900 million in federal grant money for infrastructure announced

By Mark Prado
Infrastructure construction
Mark Prado

The U.S. Department of Transportation this week announced $900 million in discretionary grant funding will be made available through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

“These BUILD Transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said.

Grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.  

Selection criteria encompass safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, innovation and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.  For this round of grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $90 million can be awarded to a single state.