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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) yesterday announced it intends to award $906 million in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants to 20 projects in 20 states.
Funding will be used to pay for projects that will improve highways, bridges, ports and railroads to better connect communities, enhance safety and support economic growth, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a press release.
Included in the proposed awards are:
Demand for the INFRA grants far exceeded available funds. USDOT evaluated 173 eligible applications from 47 states and the District of Columbia for a collective request of $7.4 billion in grant funds.
INFRA was established under the 2015 Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. As required under that law, Congress will have 60 days to review the USDOT's proposed project awardees. After the 60-day review, the department is free to begin obligating funding, department officials said.