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Nevada officials have a new website launched by the governor showing federal infrastructure investments coming to the state and available grants to apply for future projects.
Called NevadaBuilds.com, the website was announced Sept. 2 by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
“Our new website will not only highlight the projects improving our infrastructure, resiliency and resources available to Nevadans, but it also highlights the jobs being created thanks to these investments,” Sisolak said.
When I make a promise, I know there are thousands of people – families, workers, children – relying on the State to follow through. This site will not only highlight the projects improving our infrastructure, but will also include resources and the jobs being created.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) September 2, 2022
It lists eight categories of investments including roads and bridges, electric vehicle chargers, resilient infrastructure and airports and ports.
“Every day, we are working to build a brighter future for Nevadans. When I make a promise, I know there are thousands of people — families, workers, children — relying on the state to follow through,” Sisolak added.
Sisolak’s announcement of the website follows another he made recently about plans to hold the state’s first infrastructure summit in Las Vegas on Sept. 30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Under the bipartisan infrastructure law, Nevada is poised to receive some $4 billion during the next five years in formula grant funding, with $780 million in federal dollars already targeted to the state.
The new website also highlighted an Interstate 15/Tropicana Avenue interchange design-build project in Las Vegas that will create 4,600 jobs and cost $305 million (with nearly $30 million coming from federal infrastructure funds). The project calls for widening Tropicana Avenue to four lanes and raising a bridge over I-15 to meet modern height requirements, among other improvements.
Although a web page lists the names of various competitive federal infrastructure grants that state agencies in Nevada is pursuing, it lists no specific projects or state agencies seeking funding.
During fiscal 2022, the state department of transportation is to receive $5.6 million (from $38 million over five years) for electric vehicle infrastructure deployment to enhance the current 500 public and private EV charging stations there.
State officials want to prioritize in fiscal 2022 and 2023 full building out of charging stations along interstates 11, 15, 80, 580, 215 and 515. Plans also are underway to add charging stations in Nevada on alternative fuel corridor routes along State Route 28, and U.S. Highways 50, 93, 95 and 395.
In addition, Nevada will be granted $2.5 billion over the next five years for federal aid highway apportioned programs, $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs, and $293 million for airport infrastructure development.
Federal money will also be given to the state for weather issues ($24 million) and $5.3 million to improve the electric power grid to prevent outages. Also $8.6 million will be granted for wildfire prevention.
In a web page for additional resources, open infrastructure funding opportunities are listed, as well as grants for rural communities, tribes and other specific federal initiatives.
The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Nevada $225 million in five-year bridge formula program funds. According to the 2020 National Bridge Inventory, the state had 28 bridges ranked as in poor condition.
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