FHWA awards nearly $830M in resiliency grants

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The Federal Highway Administration recently awarded 80 projects nationwide with nearly $830 million in Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation Discretionary Grant Program grants.

The program helps states and local communities become more resilient to extreme weather events worsened by climate change, flooding, sea-level rise, heat waves, and other disasters.

Grants can be used to fund bridge, highway, intercity passenger rail, pedestrian facility, port, public transportation, and roads projects.

“Every community in America knows the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, including increasingly frequent heavy rain and flooding events across the country and sea-level rise that is inundating infrastructure in coastal states,” FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt said. “This investment from the Biden-Harris Administration will ensure our infrastructure is built to withstand more frequent and unpredictable extreme weather, which is vitally important for people and businesses that rely on roads and bridges being open to keep our economy moving.”

Grants were awarded in four categories: Thirty-six projects were awarded approximately $621 million for resilience improvements, eight projects were awarded approximately $119 million for at-risk coastal infrastructure, 10 projects were awarded approximately $45 million for community resilience and evacuation routes, and 26 projects were awarded approximately $45 million for planning.