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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces More Than $363 Million in Grants for State Highway Projects

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces More Than $363 Million in Grants for State Highway Projects

Federal Highway Administration
2 August 2012


FHWA 33-12
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Contact: Cathy St. Denis
Tel: 202-366-0660

Funds will create jobs by expanding highway repairs and roadway safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $363 million in grants to fund a wide variety of highway improvements, from interstate rehabilitation and reconstruction to technologies that result in improved safety and reduced construction congestion.

"Investments in transportation projects like these create jobs right away in communities across the country, and lay a foundation for future economic growth," said Secretary LaHood. "Thanks to these grants, states, cities and local communities can move forward with the transportation projects Americans need to reach their destinations more safely, quickly and efficiently."

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invited states, cities, tribal governments and local planning organizations to apply for federal funding from 12 grant programs. Nearly 1,500 requests poured in from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. totaling approximately $2.5 billion. Grant funding was made available through enactment of the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II.

The 12 programs are:

All 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were awarded grants. Some examples of selected projects:

Descriptions of each program and grant awards can be found here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/2012factsheets.cfm

"The demand for these funds demonstrates a clear need for increased infrastructure investment," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "The President asked us to rebuild America - we have work to be done and Americans ready to do the work."

These programs were authorized by Congress to support projects that improve roadway safety, maintain the nation's roads and bridges and make communities more livable.

A state-by-state list of the FY12 grants is available at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/2012grantdata.cfm



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