The Biden administration on Thursday announced 166 new grants totaling more than $2.2 billion for transportation infrastructure projects.
The grants come from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, which the administration says has seen its funding more than doubled as the result of $7.5 billion over five ears provided by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Projects in rural and urban areas will each get half of the funding, the administration said, while nearly two-thirds of the projects are in poor or historically disadvantaged communities.
The largest grants were for $25 million, and 18 projects received that amount.
“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible, and more sustainable,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “Using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”
Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski notes that the administration chose to highlight some projects in key midterm election battleground states, with Buttigieg slated to appear in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, with Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly and other state Democrats. Buttigieg and other officials plan to hold events at other award sites this month to highlight the benefits of the infrastructure law.
You can read about the 166 infrastructure projects receiving grants here.