U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $10 Million TIGER Grant for the Port of Baltimore
Projects Target Future Needs in Rural and Urban Communities Nationwide
BALTIMORE - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the Department of Transportation will provide $10 million to support infrastructure improvements for the Southeast Baltimore Port Industry Freight Corridor Plan. The project is one of 39 federally-funded transportation projects in 34 states selected to receive a total of $500 million under the Department’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2015 program.
The Department received 627 eligible applications from 50 states and several U.S. territories, including Tribal governments, requesting 20 times the $500 million available for the program, or $10.1 billion for needed transportation projects.
“Transportation is always about the future. If we're just fixing today's problems, we'll fall further and further behind. We already know that a growing population and increasing freight traffic will require our system to do more," said Secretary Foxx. “In this round of TIGER, we selected projects that focus on where the country’s transportation infrastructure needs to be in the future; ever safer, ever more innovative, and ever more targeted to open the floodgates of opportunity across America.”
The Southeast Baltimore Port Industry Freight Corridor Plan helps the Port of Baltimore be a better neighbor to Baltimore residents. The project includes improvements along the Broening Highway freight corridor to better, and more safely, connect the Port of Baltimore to the regional and national road network. The project includes the replacement of the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete Colgate Creek Bridge, roadway improvements connecting freight directly to I-95 to enhance truck movement, and complete streets improvements to make neighborhoods more accommodating to walking and bicycle traffic.
With this latest round of funding, TIGER continues to invest in transformative projects that will provide significant and measurable improvements over existing conditions. The awards recognize projects nationwide that will advance key transportation goals such as safety, innovation, and opportunity.
“In Maryland, access to the Port of Baltimore means access to economic opportunity,” Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. “This TIGER grant will bring transportation investment to the area and enhance prospects for trade-driven, long-term growth there, by improving the ability of trucks to move freight safely and more efficiently along roads and bridges near Baltimore.”
This is the seventh TIGER round since 2009, bringing the total grant amount to $4.6 billion provided to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 134 projects to support rural and tribal communities. Demand for the program has been overwhelming; to date, the Department of Transportation has received more than 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects across the country.
The GROW AMERICA Act, the Administration’s surface transportation legislative proposal, would keep TIGER roaring with $7.5 billion over six years for future TIGER grants.
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