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USDOT Proposes $79M in Awards for 10 Projects

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August 07, 2017

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao notified House and Senate authorizing committees of 10 projects selected by the agency for grants.

Earlier this year, the department said it was taking new grant applications for the $710 million in 2017 grants and combine those with the 2018 applications.

The grant program previously named the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, renamed INFRA by the Trump administration as "Infrastructure for Rebuilding America", requires USDOT to submit a list of highway or freight projects for congressional approval before funds are released.

Chao's list of projects submitted to Congress last week include:

  • $12.3 million to La Plate County, Colo., for a project to realign 1.7 miles of U.S. 550, in a project that includes automated anti-icing systems and a southbound truck climbing grade for a "critical route" a for freight trucks moving between Colorado and New Mexico.
  • $8.7 million to Taylor County, Fla., to upgrade the freight-hauling Georgia & Florida Railway to improve grade crossings, harden bridges and resurface tracks to allow faster train speeds.
  • $9.8 million for intermodal improvements for moving cargo between various modes at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Project is expected to increase freight handling capacity by 50 percent.
  • $7.9 million to the Maine DOT to upgrade 22 bridges on the state-owned Maine Northern Railway, so that it can increase cargo-hauling capacity for regional shippers.
  • $5 million for a project to replace and update ferry docking and berthing facilities in Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
  • $7.5 million to help the North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority improve 90 miles of freight rail tracks and a bridge. Will bring entire 180-mile line up to FRA Class II standards.
  • $5 million for the New Hampshire DOT to replace the outdated  Rodgers' Rangers Bridge, which is used by many logging trucks and carries U.S. Route 2 over the Connecticut River between New Hampshire and Vermont. The 1950 bridge is 2.5 feet too short for many logging trucks to use.
  • $5.7 million for a project in Akron, Ohio, to build bridges that will separate Evans Avenue road traffic from passenger and freight rail crossings that currently stop traffic 42 times per day .

$7 million to the Texas DOT to repair the Presidio-Ojinaga International Rail Bridge and rehabilitate about 72 miles of the state-owned South Orient Railroad from the U.S./Mexico border to the Paisano Junction near Alpine, Texas. Project will also repair 38 bridges and 37 grade crossings.

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