November 12, 2019 10:30 AM, EST

DOT Awards $900 Million in BUILD Grants

Traffic in Aurora, Colo. This stretch was one recipient of a BUILD grant.Traffic stopped due to weather on Interstate 70 in Aurora, Colo. This stretch will benefit from a BUILD grant. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has announced the latest recipients of the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development discretionary grants.

Some $900 million will be dispersed across 35 states to support 55 infrastructure projects. The grants, announced Nov. 12, help fund road, bridge, transit, rail, port and intermodal transportation projects. The BUILD program is meant as a replacement for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which was popular with state and local agencies.

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“The Administration is targeting BUILD transportation grants to repair, rebuild and revitalize significant infrastructure projects across the country,” Chao said.

No individual grant was more than $25 million, and no state was awarded more than $90 million. Half of the funding was awarded to projects in rural areas.

North Carolina received three grants. One, for $22.5 million, was awarded to the North Carolina Department of Transportation to make various improvements to Interstate 95, such as widening 27 miles of the route and rebuilding overpasses. A second grant, for $15 million, will be used to reconstruct roadways and realign intersections in Greenville to improve mobility and safety in the city. Some $13 million will be used to construct connector roads in the town of Mooresville, which straddles I-77.

The port of Massachusetts will benefit from a BUILD Grant. 

A crane lifts a container at the Conley Terminal. (Massachusetts Port Authority.)

“The highly competitive BUILD grant program provides federal funding for major infrastructure projects — including multimodal and multijurisdictional projects — that improve our transportation networks and enhance quality of life,” said Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies.

In Colorado, the city of Aurora was awarded $25 million to build a new interchange at the intersection of I-70 and Piccadilly Road, which is meant to ease congestion in the growing area. I-70 is Colorado’s main east-west corridor.

A $20 million grant will help the Massachusetts Port Authority expand the Conley Container Terminal in Boston. The federal funding is expected to help the terminal increase its volume capacity by 100,000 containers.

“As someone who previously worked at Conley Terminal as an ironworker, I am especially pleased to see Massport receive this major federal grant to help expand our freight facilities,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.). “This $20 million will help increase capacity and efficiency at Conley Container Terminal and continue to provide high quality blue-collar jobs for our state and the New England region.”

Some $18 million was awarded to help extend a three-mile portion of U.S. Route 30 in East Canton, Ohio, which is about 65 miles southeast of Cleveland. The extension is meant to increase economic opportunities in the area.

“This grant will help complete the important expansion work that the city is undertaking and boost opportunities for economic growth and job creation,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “Opening access to the trucking industry on Route 30 is critical for the safety conditions and growing energy industry in the Marcellus and Utica shale region in Northeast Ohio.”

Projects are selected on the basis of a number of factors, including safety, economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability, innovation and partnerships with industry representatives.

AKAnchoragePetroleum and Cement Terminal$25,000,000$171,578,584
ALFlorenceAdditional Lanes on US-72 (Florence Boulevard)$14,880,000$19,850,000
ALMadison CountyBlake Bottom Road Widening Project$9,268,804$11,586,005
ALBaldwinWaterway Village Multimodal Access Project$14,404,831$23,000,000
AZFlorenceInland Port Arizona Improvement Project$15,373,698$18,073,699
AZPhoenixPhoenix Sky Harbor Northside Rail Expansion$24,000,000$239,057,522
CALancasterGROW LIFE: Growing Regional Opportunity with Leveraged-Infrastructure Fleet Expansion$8,683,480$14,014,352
CAFresnoVeterans Boulevard Interchange, Extension and Grade Separation Project$10,540,582$71,663,764
COColorado SpringsColorado Military Access, Mobility and Safety Improvement Project$18,350,000$127,400,000
COAuroraI-70/Picadilly Interchange$25,000,000$56,600,000
FLJacksonvilleInternational Cargo Terminal Modernization Project$20,000,000$72,700,000
FLOrlandoThe Orange County Local Alternative Mobility Network Project$20,000,000$40,009,169
FLMiamiThe Underline Multimodal Mobility Corridor$22,360,552$69,941,592
HIHonoluluAla Moana Boulevard Elevated Pedestrian Walkway$20,000,000$30,000,000
IADes MoinesCentral Iowa Water Trail: Phase 1 Dam Mitigation and User Access Project$25,000,000$31,250,000
IADubuqueNorthwest Arterial/John Deere Road Corridor$5,452,023$10,545,029
ILCarbondaleSouthern Illinois Multi-Modal Station (SIMMS)$13,986,000$17,482,500
ILNormalThe Underpass Project at Uptown Station$13,000,000$22,692,120
INBoone CountyI-65 Mobility and Access Project$16,000,000$50,600,000
KSOlatheInterstate 35 & 119th Street Interchange Reconfiguration Project$10,000,000$25,400,000
KSHaysNorthwest Business Corridor Truck Route Road Improvements$6,506,686$10,787,131
KYParisBUILD US 460$10,200,000$17,318,000
KYCampbellsvilleHeartland Parkway$9,800,000$21,250,000
KYPaducahPaducah Riverfront Infrastructure Improvement Project$10,400,000$11,492,296
LARustonMonroe Street Corridor Project$17,191,530$23,699,899
LABaton RougePlank-Nicholson Bus Rapid Transit$15,000,000$40,218,000
MABostonConley Terminal Container Storage and Freight Corridor$20,000,000$65,841,791
MELubecLubec Safe Harbor$19,650,000$19,689,750
MEAugustaStation 46 Bridge Replacement Project$25,000,000$30,000,000
MOMilanEast Locust Creek Reservoir (ELCR) Improvements$13,459,009$22,686,610
MOSpringfieldGrant Avenue Connect Parkway Project$20,960,822$26,201,028
MSGulfportInterconnecting Gulfport$20,460,000$32,220,000
MSStarkvilleMS 182/MLK Corridor Revitalization Project$12,655,840$15,818,724
MTMissoula CountyMullan BUILD: Proactively and Collaboratively Building a Better Missoula$13,000,000$28,372,000
NCRobeson and Cumberland CountiesI-95 Resiliency and Innovative Technology Improvements$22,500,000$685,115,000
NCMooresvilleSilicon Shores East-West Connector Road$13,609,131$21,730,195
NCGreenvilleTransportation Accessibility, Safety and Connectivity (TASC) Project$15,000,000$24,000,000
NEOmaha120th Street Improvements$16,960,000$21,200,000
NH/VTHinsdale, N.H., and Brattleboro, Vt.Vermont/New Hampshire Route 119 Bridge Project$12,000,000$50,000,000
NMSanta FeUS285 Safety and Resiliency Project$12,500,000$115,000,000
OHCantonUS Route 30 Freeway Extension Project$18,000,000$116,675,110
ORMedfordSouthern Oregon Corridor Resiliency and Congestion Relief Project$15,500,000$39,370,000
PAPhiladelphiaPATCO Franklin Square Station Reopening Project$12,580,000$25,160,000
PAAllegheny CountyPIT Cargo Building 4 Intermodal Freight Transfer Facilities Development$18,690,047$23,362,559
RIProvidenceWashington Bridge Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Project$25,000,000$70,000,000
SCCharlestonAshley River Crossing$18,149,750$22,749,750
SDBrookingsBridging the Interstate Divide$18,677,630$23,347,037
TNMemphisMemphis Innovation Corridor$12,000,000$73,831,000
TXBeaumontMultimodal Corridor Expansion and Improvement Project$18,000,000$101,245,000
TXHoustonShepherd and Durham Major Investment Project$25,000,000$50,000,000
WAEverettMills to Maritime Property Acquisition$15,500,000$27,700,000
WASpokaneRail-Truck Transload Facility Project$11,300,000$16,900,000
WIOdanahOld Odanah Road (County A) Bear Trap Road Project$2,376,808$2,704,808
WVCharlestonI-64 Widening: Nitro to St. Albans Project$20,000,000$265,000,000
WYSublette CountyDry Piney Creek Wildlife Habitat Connectivity$14,544,000$18,180,000

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