The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has proposed 10 FY 2017 FASTLANE Small Project grant awards totaling $78.88 million for a 60-day Congressional review period. Seven of the 10 proposed grants are projects in rural areas to increase freight mobility and produce greater economic opportunities.
The proposed awards will enhance safety at more than 100 rail crossings, repair nearly 250 miles of track and improve over 70 rail bridges. The work will allow communities in Maine, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Texas to have access to the national freight rail network. Each fiscal year, 10 percent of FASTLANE grants are reserved for “small projects” that are under the minimum project cost threshold of at least $100 million.
“Transportation is a key to accessing opportunity and improving our quality of life,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “These targeted investments will assist communities in building infrastructure systems that will improve safety for the traveling public and provide increased access to greater long-term economic opportunity.”
The following are the proposed recipients of the grants:
- Taylor County Florida Competitiveness & Employment by Rail (CEBYR) Project, Taylor County, Florida - $8,671,513.50
- Burns Harbor: Enhanced Intermodal Facilities with Rail & Truck Marshalling Yards, Ports of Indiana, Indiana - $9,850,000
- Maine Railroad Bridge Capacity Project, Maine Department of Transportation, Maine - $7,890,000
- U.S. Highway 10 Lake Michigan Crossing Dock Facility Improvements, City of Ludington/City of Manitowoc, Mason County, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, - $5 million
- North Central Mississippi Railway Project, North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority, Mississippi - $7,540,000
- Rogers’ Rangers Bridge Replacement, State of New Hampshire, Coos County, New Hampshire and Essex County, Vermont - $5,000,000
- Evans Avenue Railroad Grade Separation Improvements, City of Akron, Ohio - $5,715,600
- Northern Columbia Basin Rail Road Project, Port of Moses Lake, Grant County, Washington - $9,900,000
- SORR Rehabilitation and Presidio International Rail Bridge Reconstruction - $7 million
USDOT will initiate obligation and commitment of funds for the proposed awards following the 60-day Congressional review period, absent a joint resolution disapproving funding for any of the projects.