23 Dec 11
Bridges secure funding from latest Tiger grants
US transportation secretary Ray LaHood has announced that 46 transportation projects will receive a total of US$511 million from the third round of the Department of Transportation’s popular Tiger programme.
Roughly 48% of the funding will go to road and bridge projects.
The announcement has been made months ahead of the original schedule to allow the job-creating infrastructure projects to move forward.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) received 848 project applications from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC, requesting a total of U$14.29 billion, far exceeding the US$511 million made available for the grants.
“The overwhelming demand for these grants clearly shows that communities across the country can’t afford to wait any longer for Congress to put Americans to work building the transportation projects that are critical to our economic future,” said LaHood. “That’s why we’ve taken action to get these grants out the door quickly, and that is why we will continue to ask Congress to make the targeted investments we need to create jobs, repair our nation’s transportation systems, better serve the traveling public and our nation’s businesses, factories and farms, and make sure our economy continues to grow."
The grants for specific bridges are: