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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $17.9 Million TIGER Grant to Build 18 Bridges in Mississippi’s Three-County Region

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NATCHEZ, Miss. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Natchez, Miss., today to announce a $17.9 million grant for the TRI-Mississippi project that will build 18 bridges with support from the Department’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2014 program. TRI-Mississippi (Three-County Roadway Improvements Program for Claiborne, Franklin and Jefferson Counties) is one of 72 federally-funded transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia that will receive a total of nearly $600 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s discretionary grant program. 

“As uncertainty about the future of long-term federal funding continues, this round of TIGER will be a shot in the arm for these innovative, job-creating and quality of life-enhancing projects,” said Secretary Foxx.  “We're building bridges from Maine to Mississippi.  We're creating ladders of opportunity for the middle-class and those seeking to enter the middle-class by investing in transit, road and rail projects. For every project we select, however, we must turn dozens more away – projects that could be getting done if Congress passed the GROW AMERICA Act, which would double the funding available for TIGER and growing the number of projects we could support.”

The TIGER investment will support job growth by improving roadways in Claiborne, Franklin and Jefferson Counties, an economically-distressed rural region. When completed, the project will improve traffic to area hospitals, schools, and numerous farms and agriculture operations that currently rely on single-lane gravel roads and aging timber bridges. The project will include rehabilitating 41.16 miles of strategic county roads and replacing 18 bridges.

“The kids who need a safer route to school and all of the residents of Claiborne, Jefferson, and Franklin Counties are the true winners of this TIGER award,” said Secretary Foxx.  “These are the types of investments that can create ladders of opportunity in rural America by getting people to medical appointments, school, and work safely and more reliably every day.”

“TIGER grants are an important part of helping America’s roads and bridges keep pace with the demands of the traveling public,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “They are a good start, but they are no substitute for the GROW AMERICA Act’s promise of long-term U.S. infrastructure investment.”

The GROW AMERICA Act, the Administration’s surface transportation reauthorization proposal, would authorize $5 billion over four years for much-needed additional TIGER funding to help meet the overwhelming demand for significant infrastructure investments around the country and provide the certainty that states and local governments need to properly plan for investment.  The $302 billion, four-year transportation reauthorization proposal would provide increased and stable funding for the nation’s highways, bridges, transit and rail systems without contributing to the deficit.  The GROW AMERICA Act also includes several critical program reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal highway, rail and transit programs. 

The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, an increase from the 585 applications received in 2013.  Overall, applicants requested 15 times the $600 million available for the program, or $9.5 billion for needed transportation projects. 

Since 2009, the TIGER program has provided nearly $4.1 billion to 342 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Demand for the program has been overwhelming, and during the previous five rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 6,000 applications requesting more than $124 billion for transportation projects across the country.  Congress provided the most recent funding as part of the bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, signed by President Obama on January 17, 2014. 

Click here for additional information on individual TIGER grants.

Click here for additional information on the Department of Transportation’s 2014 TIGER Program.

Click here for additional information on the GROW AMERICA Act.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
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