Chicago Construction News Editor
U.S. transportation officials have announced $2.2 billion for local infrastructure projects, including new bridges, roads, bike paths, railroads and harbors in communities across the country.
The funding includes $20 million will go to the Pace Harvey Transportation Center Reconstruction Project, a joint initiative with the Chicago Metra commuter rail system, Pace Suburban Bus and the city of Harvey, Illinois.
Funding was also announced for:
- $20 million for the Englewood Line Trail in Chicago
- $19.8 million for Springfield Rail Improvement Project in Springfield
The competitive grants are more than double the total awarded last year and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the projects would help modernize America’s transportation systems.
“This is a program that recognizes that many of the most interesting and compelling ideas, designs and plans won’t come from Washington, but more of the funding should,” Buttigieg said. “That’s what we deliver here.”
Texas and Kansas each receive about $25 million for hiking and biking trails. Huntsville, Alabama is receiving $20 million to improve a pedestrian corridor connecting downtown to isolated neighborhoods. An additional $20 million helps fund a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Potomac River between Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, DC
Buttigieg said the US Department of Transportation received about $13 billion in grant applications.
A total of 166 projects across the country will share the $2.2 billion for work ranging from a new seawall and harbor improvements in Sitka, Alaska, to the construction of a four-lane parkway in the Virgin Islands.
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