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DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure
Last Updated: Sun, July 28, 2019
Proposed new Mobile bridge -- All artwork, U.S. Department of Transportation
Infrastructure projects in 19 states are proposed to receive $856 million in grants from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program, Elaine Chao, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, announced last week.
The 20 individual projects that have been considered as grant recipients include big winners like Mobile, Alabama, that would benefit from receiving $125 million toward the $2.3 billion cost for a new six-lane, cable-stayed bridge that will have a 215-foot vertical clearance to carry I-10 across the Mobile River channel.
The new bridge is proposed to replace the existing I-10 Bayway Bridges, reconstruct multiple interchanges along I-10, and install ITS and tolling systems.
The projects range all the way down to a little $5 million job for Cobb County, Georgia, for the construction of a 24-foot-wide reversible ramp providing direct access to the I-75 managed lanes system.
The INFRA grants come out of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015. The proposed grants become finalized after a 60-day review by congressional authorization committees.
During a July 25 ceremony at DOT with elected officials and others Chao said, “This significant federal investment will improve major highways, bridges, ports, and railroads around the country to better connect our communities, and to enhance safety and economic growth," in addition to meaning, "more jobs and more opportunities, as well as an improved quality of life for all Americans."
Some of the larger projects, in addition to the Mobile bridge already mentioned, include some $90 million being award toward a $192 million Arizona Highways project, which will add lanes in a heavily travelled corridor of I-17 north of Phoenix between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.
An additional southbound lane is being planned for a stretch of the highway from Table Mesa Road to the Black Canyon City interchange.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Tweeted his thanks to the Arizona Department of Transportation and others who worked to help bring about receiving the grant. "This additional funding will expand Interstate 17 in a critical commerce corridor, helping reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and increase public safety,” he said.
And I-15, French Valley Parkway, Temecula, California, will receive $50 million, nearly half of the total cost to construct a two-lane northbound collector/distributor system from Winchester Road interchange to the I-215 junction to help increase capacity on I-15.
Union Gap, Washington, project
Some highlights of smaller projects include $13 million toward the $46 million cost of a bridge replacement project over the Missouri River in Pierre, SD; and $6.6 million to help with the $18 million price tag for the City of Union Gap, Washington, to construct the Regional Beltway connecting SR-97 to Longfibre Road, allowing freight and other through traffic to bypass the Union Gap downtown interchange with Valley Mall Boulevard.
Large projects coming in at more than $25 million are:
- The Alabama Department of Transportation will be awarded $125 million to construct a new six-lane, cable-stayed bridge with more than 215 feet of vertical clearance to carry I-10 across the Mobile River channel.
- The Arizona Department of Transportation will be awarded $90 million to add capacity on a rural, mountainous stretch of I-17 north of Phoenix.
- The City of Temecula, CA, will be awarded $50 million to construct a two-lane northbound collector/distributor system along I-15.
- Space Florida will be awarded $90 million to replace the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Indian River Bridge with new twin high-level bridges, to allow transportation of oversized vehicles to launch sites.
- The Maryland Department of Transportation will be awarded $125 million to raise the vertical clearance of the Howard Street Tunnel, Baltimore, to facilitate movement of double-stack trains on an important freight rail corridor.
- Maine DOT will be awarded $36 million in grant funding to replace the Madawaska International Bridge, a US-Canada border crossing bridge over the Saint John River.
- Missouri DOT will be awarded $81.2 million in INFRA funds to complete two critical upgrades along I-70.
- The Mississippi Department of Transportation will be awarded $52.4 million to complete the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) in Mississippi.
- The Oregon Department of Transportation will be awarded $60.4 million to make a series of improvements to roadways on the north side of Bend, Oregon.
- The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will be awarded $60.355 million to rebuild the Providence Interstate 95 Northbound Viaduct.
Small projects proposed to cost at least $5 million are:
- The City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama will be awarded $6.87 million to replace the University Boulevard/US82 Overpass Bridge.
- The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District will be awarded $10.516 million to rehabilitate a 91.3-mile continuous shortline railroad corridor between McGehee, AR, and Tallulah, LA.
- The Colorado DOT will be awarded $8.297 million to add approximately 12 miles of passing lanes along US 287 in rural southeastern Colorado.
- PortMiami will be awarded $8.04 million to rehabilitate and create new capacity on the Seaboard Marine Terminal.
- Cobb County, GA, will be awarded $5 million for the construction of a 24-foot-wide reversible ramp providing direct access to the I-75 Managed Lanes system.
- The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) will be awarded $9.02 million to rehabilitate riverbank infrastructure along the Cuyahoga River at Irishtown Bend.
- The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be awarded $13.01 million to support a bridge replacement project over the Missouri River in Pierre, SD.
- The North Central Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and Texas DOT will be awarded $8.775 million for a series of 7 projects involving 7 bridges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
- The City of Union Gap, WA, will be awarded $6.66 million to construct the Regional Beltway connecting SR-97 to Longfibre Road.
- The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOT), will be awarded $9.4 million for the WV2 Proctor to Kent project.
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