On June 30, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced $905 million in grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.
The grant will benefit 24 projects across 18 states, including efforts to enable enhanced movement of goods. The grant will provide financing for projects of national and regional scale and aims to improve safety and boost economic growth.
Approximately $46.8 million was proposed for the construction of Northeast Georgia Inland Port, a new container port in Gainesville, for the Georgia Ports Authority.
Funding of $30 million will be provided for a series of improvements for the Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
An amount of $61.5 million will be granted to the South Dakota Department for reconstructing a part of I-90 (longest Interstate Highway in the US) in South Dakota.
The project will add 11 new truck parking spaces to the I-90 rest areas near Salem, which averages over 2,000 trucks a day.
The city of Seattle will receive $11.2 million for restoring the West Seattle High Rise Bridge, which serves as a major freight and passenger route but has remained closed since March 2020. The grant will also be used towards the repair of the Spokane Street Swing Bridge. Both the projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Other proposals include $21 million to improve state Route 61 in Pennsylvania and $30 million for a checkpoint in Los Angeles.
The DOT examined these projects based on their ability to boost local economies and create jobs. Congress has to review the proposed project awards within a 60-day time period.