Biden Admin provides $2.2 billion in funding for 166 infrastructure projects

The Biden administration on Thursday announced 166 new grants totaling more than $2.2 billion for transportation infrastructure projects.

The grants come from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, which the administration says has more than doubled its funding thanks to $7.5 billion over five years provided by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. 2021.

Projects in rural and urban areas will each receive half the funding, the administration said, while nearly two-thirds of the projects are in poor or historically disadvantaged communities.

The largest grants were $25 million and 18 projects received this amount.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible and more sustainable,” said the Secretary of Transportation. Pete Buttigieg in a statement. “With funds from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”

Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski notes that the administration chose to highlight some projects in key midterm election battleground states, with Buttigieg set to appear in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., with Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly and other state Democrats. Buttigieg and other officials plan to hold events at other awards sites this month to highlight the benefits of the infrastructure law.

You can read more about the 166 infrastructure projects receiving grants here.

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