BIL-Funded Infrastructure Projects
Through President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), we are making historic investments in the transportation sector: improving public safety and climate resilience, creating jobs across the country and delivering a more equitable future.
There is a nationwide backlog of projects to repair roads and bridges and improve safety and economic competitiveness. Because of the funds in the infrastructure law, the U.S. Department of Transportation is now funding more of these projects via our competitive grant programs, and we are providing States and local governments far more funding to deliver projects, as well.
Projects span the full scope of transportation infrastructure in the United States, including roads, bridges, transit, rail, airports, seaports, and pipelines, in rural, urban, suburban and Tribal areas.
Below are just a few examples of projects U.S. DOT has funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the communities they are supporting.
The 22nd Street Revitalization project in Tucson, Arizona, will replace an existing 1960s-era bridge in poor condition with a new bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad and State Route 210. The $25 million RAISE grant will also help expand 22nd Street from four lanes to six lanes with a divided median and construct a separate bicycle and pedestrian bridge. The new bridge will remove a freight bottleneck and eliminate weight restrictions and lengthy detour routes for freight, transit, school buses, and emergency medical services. It will eliminate the need for a transit user to travel west and north in order to go directly east; saving up to 30 minutes per trip. This will also speed up the movement of goods and could ultimately reduce shipping costs. The project provides an East-West connection between downtown Tucson and an underserved community. Broadband conduit will also be installed as part of the project for future expansion to reach the underserved community. Additionally, by providing more vertical clearance for the Class I railroad, the project will eliminate a bottleneck for freight movement and allow for future rail expansion at this rail hub.
Los Angeles, California
The Maritime Support Facility Access/Terminal Island Rail System Project at the Port of Los Angeles will benefit from a $20 million RAISE grant to construct a four-lane, rail-roadway grade separation that will eliminate a significant truck access impediment to an important container terminal support facility located on Terminal Island, at the center of Port of Los-Angeles-Long Beach. The project will significantly reduce delays, accidents, and emissions at the port, which handles 35% of all waterborne containers entering the United States. It will also eliminate the use of a one-way tunnel, reducing the potential for crashes. The project is important for improving access to chassis and empty containers which aids in increasing cargo velocity and will relieve supply chain constraints. And the fact that trucks will not be waiting and idling will reduce thousands of tons of emissions per year, so that families who live near these ports can breathe cleaner air.
The Lake Street Multimodal Improvements Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will improve bus transit operations and increase pedestrian mobility and safety along Minneapolis’ Lake Street corridor. The $12 million RAISE grant will help construct turn lanes, bus-only lanes, remove a lane, provide ADA upgrades (pedestrian ramps and APS push button stations), and pave new surfaces along the corridor. The project’s complete street improvements will allow residents to access employment opportunities more affordably and easily. And, it will reduce crashes by converting Lake Street from a four-lane road to a three-lane road. The project will bring significant benefits to the community through improved safety and travel time reliability.
The Victory Infrastructure Project in Fernley, Nevada, will help complete the Nevada Pacific parkway connection from I-80 to Highway 50 to deliver industrial access to the fast-growing Victory Logistics District Industrial Park. The $25 million RAISE award will help fund the Nevada Pacific Parkway roadway and bridge component, including a new switch off the Union Pacific mainline railroad and the segment of lead rail from that new switch to the point of connection of the first switch of three that will create a “rail switching yard.” Through road, bridge, and rail improvements, the project will deliver industrial lead access to the entire Victory Logistics District industrial park. The project creates an inland port with capacity for rail switching that will create more capacity with dual access to Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines, increasing supply chain efficiency and helping to lower to costs of goods. This transportation infrastructure will help the growth of Victory Logistics, which is expected to create between 7,000-10,000 jobs over the next 5 years. The project will also improve transportation options for all road users by improving sidewalks and bike paths. Safety will also improve from the proposed extension by moving traffic much more efficiently and reducing the systemic safety issues associated with traffic congestion.
Berlin, New Hampshire
The Renewing Berlin with Renewable Energy Project in Berlin, New Hampshire, has received a $19 million RAISE grant to install a new snowmelt system that uses excess heat from a nearby biomass plant to improve access to the downtown area for residents and visitors during winter. The project also includes the rehabilitation of roads, sidewalks, municipal parking areas, an improved pedestrian crosswalk with bump-out curbs, high-visibility crosswalk markings, ADA-compliant sidewalks, and new street trees. The improved streetscape without snow and ice during winter will reduce vehicle crashes, pedestrian slips and falls, and improve access for residents and visitors to services in downtown Berlin. The project will make travel more reliable, while also significantly reducing maintenance costs and the negative environmental effects resulting from the current processes for maintenance and snow removal. The project will also increase transportation options and connectivity for pedestrians and will help strengthen the local economy.
West Tulsa, Oklahoma
The W. 51st Street Extension Project in Tulsa, Oklahoma will help reconnect and revitalize a community that was divided and negatively impacted by the creation of US-75. The $10 million RAISE grant will help reconstruct approximately one mile of W. 51st Street, including a connection under US-75. The project will include a sidewalk along the entire length, a new pedestrian bridge over the TSU Railroad, and a new connection to the Arkansas River Trail. The project will also include the construction of two bridges on US-75 and two US-75 ramp bridges over W. 51st Street. In addition to reconnecting communities divided by the highway, the project will provide greater pedestrian accessibility and increase affordable transportation choices throughout the West Tulsa community.
The I-375 Community Reconnection Project will reconnect two historically Black neighborhoods that were divided from downtown Detroit’s main business district by the highway’s construction. The $104 million award from the INFRA program will transform the freeway into a slower speed boulevard, install calming traffic measures, remove weaving and merging areas, remove the Jefferson Avenue curve, and incorporate LED lighting. The project will also remove 15 old bridges and two stormwater runoff pump stations, rehabilitate one remaining stormwater runoff pump station, construct wider sidewalks and separated buffered cycle tracks with protected and signalized pedestrian crossings, and reconnect neighborhood streets to the boulevard in the project area. The redesign will provide the community with better access to jobs and services in the area, as well as reduce operating and maintenance costs for the improved roadway. Additionally, the project will use innovative technologies for traffic incident management smart technologies at intersections to improve safety.
U.S. DOT has awarded Orlando International Airport $50 million from the Airport Terminal Program to complete the South Terminal C expansion project. The project scope includes the addition of 4 gates with 8 loading bridges to the terminal facility. The project will increase passenger capacity, improve ADA-compliant facilities, and help the airport achieve LEED certification. It will also support a better passenger experience, especially for travelers with disabilities, create jobs, and support economic growth in the tourism-driven region.
Tell City, Indiana
The city of Tell City was awarded $1.6 million from the PIDP program for its Ohio River Pier Project. The award will fund construction of a 40-foot diameter pier for a crane that will be used for direct barge-to-truck unloading of cargo. The pier design will allow the crane to operate regardless of water levels and allow pig iron to move up the river to the foundry nearby, which employs over 1,000 people.
To see more projects like these recently funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, see DOT’s RAISE Discretionary Grants page, DOT’s INFRA Grants Program page, DOT’s Airport Terminals Program page, and DOT’s Port Infrastructure Development Program page.