U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that 18 transportation projects in 15 states have been awarded federal grants through the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Advancement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program.
“From eliminating traffic bottlenecks and enhancing port capacity to overhauling a major freight corridor, the 18 inaugural FASTLANE grants will enable people and goods to move more efficiently,” said Foxx.
The inaugural batch of FASTLANE awards, which total almost $800 million, include a $165 million grant toward the Atlantic Gateway project in Virginia, a $62 million grant to improve U.S. 69/75 in Oklahoma and a $44 million grant for the Port of Savannah International Multimodal Connector.
“These types of investments in our transportation system help to improve our economy and create good-paying jobs,” said Bailey Wood, National Stone, Samnd and Gravel Association vice president of communications. “When Congress can coalesce around a sustainable source of funding for the Highway Trust Fund, these types of investments can be made more frequently and improve our entire national infrastructure.”
The grants were combined with federal, local, state and private source funding to support $3.6 billion in infrastructure investment. The FASTLANE grant program was established by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill which was passed last year.
Other FASTLANE project grant awards include:
- SR-11 Segment 2 and Southbound Connectors, California DOT (Caltrans) and San Diego Association of Governments, $49.28 million.
- Arlington Memorial Bridge Reconstruction Project, National Park Service and District of Columbia DOT, $90 million.
- Truck Parking Availability Systems, Florida DOT, $10.77 million
- U.S. 95 North Corridor Access Improvement Project, Idaho Transportation Department, $5.1 million.
- Cedar Rapids Logistics Park, Iowa DOT, $25.65 million.
- Maine Intermodal Port Productivity Project, Maine DOT, $7.71 million.
- I-390/I-490/Route 31 Interchange, Lyell Avenue Corridor Project, New York State DOT, $32 million.
- Cross Harbor Freight Program, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, $10.67 million.
- Coos Bay Rail Line Tunnel Rehabilitation Project, Port of Coos Bay, $11 million.
- Strander Boulevard Extension and Grade Separation Phase 3; Tukwila, Wash.; $5 million.
- South Lander Street Grade Separation and Railroad Safety Project, Seattle, $45 million.
- I-39/90 Corridor Project, Wisconsin DOT, $40 million.
- I-10 improvements from Phoenix to Tucson, Arizona DOT, $54 million.
- I-10 freight corridor rehabilitation and expansion, Louisiana DOTD, $60 million.
- Boston’s Conley Terminal Intermodal Improvements, Massachusetts Port Authority, $42 million.