$1 billion investment earmarked for upgrading nation’s infrastructure, Chao says

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Elaine Chao and President Trump
In April, President Donald J. Trump was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and representatives from the trucking industry for a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House celebrating America’s truckers. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, that the Trump administration will invest $1 billion in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funding has been awarded to 70 projects in 44 states.

“This administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” Chao said.

Fiscal Year 2020 BUILD Transportation grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and were awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. Since 2017, the Administration has awarded nearly $4 billion in BUILD grants to improve America’s infrastructure.

The program selection criteria encompassed safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, environmental sustainability, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.

To better address the needs of rural America, which has historically been neglected, the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding 50% of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that deliver positive benefits for these communities, consistent with the Department’s R.O.U.T.E.S. initiative. For this round of BUILD Transportation grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the appropriations act.

The full list of awards can be found here.

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