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USDOT Awards $645M in Rural Grants

Posted: 1/5/2024

USDOT has announced the award of $645.3M in Rural Surface Transportation Grant (Rural) funds to help communities around the country complete transportation projects that will increase mobility, improve safety, and generate regional economic growth in rural areas.

The Rural program represents a keystone of the Administration’s commitment to repairing and improving rural transportation systems. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) made more than $44 billion available to help rural communities repair and improve their roads, bridges, airports, ports, and transit systems.

Awarded Projects Include:

  • $12M for the Millen Rail Crossing in Georgia, which will eliminate an at-grade crossing to increase freight movement efficiency and ensure safe access and connectivity to nearby commercial locations and services.

  • $59.8M for US 64 Corridor Improvements in San Juan County, New Mexico, which will improve access for Navajo Nation residents to local school, jobs, medical centers, shopping, etc., by widening and rehabilitating 21 miles of the US 64 Corridor.

  • $27.7M for US 1 Road Improvements in Aroostook County, Maine, which will reconstruct two sections of US 1 near Frenchville to improve access to services, including a regional hospital and university in Fort Kent, and will lower long-term maintenance costs and better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.

Applicants for Rural grants benefited from a streamlined application process that allowed them to submit once for three different grant programs: Rural, the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA), and the new National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program (Mega). Awards for INFRA and Mega Grants will be announced in early 2024.

Read the full announcement or click here to see the full list of awarded projects

Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant

MPDG combines three discretionary grants (MegaINFRARural) awarded on a competitive basis for transportation infrastructure projects.

Eligible projects include highways and bridges, intercity passenger rail, railway-highway grade crossing, wildlife crossing, public transportation, marine highway, and freight projects with either significant national or regional impact or that will improve the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas.

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