This week marks the six-month anniversary of signing the historic $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure legislation. The infrastructure bill includes $110 billion for roads and bridges; $65 billion to expand broadband access; $66 billion for rail; $55 billion for water infrastructure, $ 25 billion for airports, $39.2 billion in new transit spending and $5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations.
The administration reports that 4,300 projects are underway in 3,200 communities nationwide with $110 billion in funding. Fifty-three states and territories now have appointed state infrastructure coordinators. White House senior advisor Mitch Landrieu says this is a down payment on what’s still to come.
“I think that if Americans step back, we will all have to admit that for the last 50 years, we’ve had the need to do this, and we haven’t found the will or the way to get it done.”…Mitch Landrieu, White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator
The $110 billion announced so far includes $52.5 billion for federal highway funding and $20.5 billion for public transit. In addition, the Transportation Department has also opened applications for $1 billion in 2022 grant funding for communities to help address mounting U.S. traffic deaths. The Safe Streets grant program is designed to help communities develop comprehensive safety action plans.
“We face a national crisis of fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways, and these tragedies are preventable – so as a nation, we must work urgently and collaboratively to save lives. “The funds we are making available today from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help communities large and small take action to protect all Americans on our roads.”… U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
A full breakdown of infrastructure investment implementation funding can be found in the White House Fact Sheet.
Federal agencies, other public agencies utilizing federal funding and their industry partners have an incredible opportunity to collaborate, share best practices, and begin the process of delivering the most innovative, resilient and cost- and time-efficient infrastructure projects possible. DBIA will bring all stakeholders together to discuss the infrastructure investment and implementation of these projects during its Federal Design-Build Symposium. Join us July 26-27 in Arlington, VA for the latest insights and opportunities.