The Department of Transportation recently announced the funding of infrastructure projects across the US. $2.2 billion in grants will be divided and awarded among 166 local projects. This year’s funding is double the amount allotted in 2021, which was $983 million distributed to 90 projects.
While communities will see improvements in their ports, roads, and bridges, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that the welfare of cyclists and pedestrians were considered in awarding this year’s infrastructure grants.
As reported by World News Era, some of the projects that will be financed are the following:
Buttigieg traveled to Arizona to highlight projects in Phoenix and Tucson, each of which are receiving the maximum of $25 million. In Phoenix, the money will help build a new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Rio Salado, connecting the city’s southern area with downtown. In Tucson, the money will revamp a prominent street and replace a 1960s-era vehicle bridge that’s in poor condition. It also will add a separate bicycle and pedestrian bridge.
A $17 million grant will help narrow a five-lane road to three lanes in the Chicago suburb of Munster, Indiana, in an effort to decrease traffic crashes. The money will also fund a 10-foot-wide multi-purpose path along the street and plant more than 250 trees.
Texas and Kansas are each receiving about $25 million for hiking and biking trails. Huntsville, Alabama, is getting $20 million to improve a pedestrian corridor linking downtown to isolated neighborhoods. Another $20 million is helping finance a new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Potomac River between Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Among other projects, New Jersey is getting $20 million to elevate a roadway that serves as a main evacuation route for Atlantic City and its casino industry. In Louisiana, $20 million will go toward the design and construction of two train stations along a planned route between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Whatcom County, Washington, will get $25 million to replace a 60-year-old ferry serving rural Lummi Island with an electric hybrid model.