USDOT Awards Grants to Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded almost $500 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects.

“TIGER grants are targeted investments for our local communities that will increase safety, create jobs and modernize our country’s infrastructure,” stated USDOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

More than 64 percent of the funding was awarded to rural projects due to special consideration to improve access to transportation for these communities. Tribal transportation projects are receiving $39.18 million.

Rail projects receiving funding from these TIGER grants are:

  • Clearwater County, Idaho - $3,240,960 to repair three bridges along the rail line from Jaype to Lewiston, remove debris from 18 bridges, and repair 5 washouts along the 30-mile Jaype Line;

  • North Carolina Department of Transportation - $19,900,000 to eliminate an at-grade crossing by lowering the Blue Ridge Road to pass under the North Carolina Railroad right-of-way;

  • City of Fort Smith, Arkansas - $8,527,892 to repair and rehabilitate three rail bridges;

  • Indiana Department of Transportation - $10,000,000 to replace two deteriorating freight rail approaches to the Wabash River Bridge;

  • Colfax County, New Mexico – $16,000,000 to replace 60-year old bolted rail, associated turnouts and crossings in the La Junta subdivision between Hutchinson, Kan., and Las Animas, Colo.;

  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation - $9,901,793 to improve a Class III regional freight network to accommodate unit trains of loaded 286,000-pound railcars and increase operating speeds; 

  • City of Spokane Valley, Washington - $9,020,149 to replace an existing at-grade crossing with an overpass and to close a second at-grade crossing.