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||The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) today announced the list of 41 recipients of nearly $500 million in discretionary grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
TIGER grants are targeted investments for our local communities that will increase safety, create jobs and modernize our countrys infrastructure, said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. More than 64% of this round of TIGER funding was awarded to rural projects, a historic number that demonstrates this Administrations commitment to supporting the countrys rural communities. Tribal projects are receiving $39.18 million of this round of awards, the highest amount of funding since the first round of TIGER. The primary selection criteria for TIGER awards include considerations for safety, state of good repair, economic competitiveness, quality of life and environmental sustainability for each project. Secondary criteria include innovation and partnerships. The criteria used to select projects for these grants were similar to the Administrations Infrastructure principles of supporting economic vitality and promoting innovation. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 TIGER program gave special consideration to projects which emphasized improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness.
The projects supported by the TIGER discretionary grants are listed here: Summerhill Bus Rapid Transit Project, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, $12,629,760 to implement an approximately 9.4-mile bus rapid transit route connecting the Summerhill neighborhood anchored by Georgia State University to MARTA's heavy rail system and the Atlanta Streetcar network. Chippewa Valley Regional Transit Transfer Center Revitalization Project, City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, $5,000,000 to construct a transit transfer center in downtown Eau Claire and purchase four new buses to be used by the Eau Claire Transit system. MT Highway 64 - Rural Commuter Corridor Project, Gallatin County, Montana, $10,292,000 to make several changes that will collectively improve the transportation network that connects northern Gallatin County to Big Sky, Montana.
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Passing Lane Project, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, $2,000,000 to upgrades a 2.5-mile rural portion of US Highway 160 by adding approximately 6,000 feet of passing lanes in each direction, three new box culverts, signage, guardrails, widened shoulders, and access improvements. SR 189 Flyovers: Grade Separating the Trucks from the Town, Arizona Department of Transportation, $25,000,000 to implement access management solutions on SR 189 including raised medians, pavement widening, flyover ramps, and new roundabouts. Southeast Automotive Gateway, Alabama State Port Authority, $12,700,000 to convert an abandoned bulk handling facility at the Port of Mobile into a roll-on/roll-off mobile vehicle processing facility. Repair of the Jaype to Lewiston Rail Line, Clearwater County, Idaho, $3,240,960 to repair three bridges along the rail line from Jaype to Lewiston, removes debris from 18 bridges, and repairs 5 washouts along the 30-mile Jaype Line.
Mid-Atlantic Multi-Modal Transportation Hub, Baltimore County, Maryland, $20,000,000 to build state-of-the-art cargo-handling facilities at the Sparrows Point industrial facility in East Baltimore as part of a larger investment program to repurpose a former steel manufacturing site with marine service into a multimodal logistics hub. Carson City Gateway: South Carson Street Complete Streets, Carson City, Nevada, $7,570,202 to construct an approximately 2.5-mile complete streets corridor, including a corridor-wide road diet, a roundabout, a multi-use path, dedicated bicycle facilities, pedestrian safety improvements, stormwater infrastructure, and fiber-optic communications infrastructure to support intelligent transportation systems (ITS).
I-89 Lebanon, NH, Hartford, VT Bridge Reconstruction and Widening, State of New Hampshire, $10,000,000 to replace the deck and superstructure of the two bridges carrying I-89 over the Connecticut River between Lebanon, NH and Hartford, VT, in addition to repairing and rehabilitating the existing substructures. Blue Ridge Road Grade Separation and Intersection Improvements, North Carolina Department of Transportation, $19,900,000 to eliminate an at-grade crossing by lowering the Blue Ridge Road from its existing grade to pass under the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) right-of-way. Mill City Downtown Restoration and Revitalization Project, Mill City, Oregon, $8,082,574 to repair and renovate the North Santiam River Bridge, a rural major collector on a designated freight route near Mill City, Oregon.
Northstar Boulevard (U.S. Route 50 to Shreveport Drive), Loudon County, Virginia, $25,000,000 to construct a new 1.6-mile segment of Northstar Boulevard to complete a 14-mile north-south corridor connecting to U.S. Route 50. Penquis Region Rural Bridges Project, Maine Department of Transportation, $10,836,220 to replace three structurally deficient or fracture-critical highway bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. Lincoln South Beltway Project, State of Nebraska, $25,000,000 to construct a new freeway, the Lincoln South Beltway, that will serve as the primary route between U.S. Highway 77 (US-77) and existing Nebraska Highway 2 (N- 2). Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, New York, $2,000,000 to replace a failing lead-based paint protection system on steel girder spans of the U.S. approach of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge.
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