Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $101.6 Million in Funding for Projects in Texas – Alice Echo News Journal

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Recently, US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris administration has awarded $101.6 million to support six projects in Texas under the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help advance road, bridge, public transit, rail, port and intermodal modernization projects and make our transportation systems safer, more accessible, more affordable and more sustainable. This year’s total allocations nationwide include more than $2.2 billion through the bipartisan Presidential Infrastructure Act, which provides an additional $7.5 billion over five years to the program to help address the high demand to help get projects started across the country.

“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 U.S. Secretary of Transportation. , Pete Buttigieg. “With funds from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”

The projects were evaluated according to several criteria, including safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, competitiveness and economic opportunity, partnership and collaboration, innovation, state of good repair, mobility and community connectivity. In these areas, the Department considered how projects will improve accessibility for all travellers, enhance supply chain efficiencies, and support racial equity and economic growth, particularly in historically disadvantaged communities and areas of persistent poverty.

In Texas, the following projects will benefit from the RAISE awards:

• Multimodal facility, transportation infrastructure supporting community job creation –The Port Arthur Shipping District will receive $13.6 million to convert an abandoned rail yard into a modern cargo storage and preparation area. The project includes approximately 25.5 acres of site stabilization and associated lighting, fencing, fiber optics, stormwater management, relocation of underground utilities, and reconditioning of a two-story structure to mitigate flood risks. The project will reduce accidents by creating more space for the efficient and rapid movement of goods and people. The project will reduce truck idling and emissions, improve freight mobility and multimodal transfer capabilities, improve access to jobs and local economic development, while addressing racial equity and improving community resilience. transport.

• Telephone Route: Main Street Revitalization Project – The City of Houston will receive $20.9 million to complete approximately 2.8 miles of multimodal improvements and connect two planned community projects at the north and south ends, creating a continuous corridor. The project will address hazards such as faded street markings, crumbling or non-existent sidewalks and in-pavement cycle lanes that have led to many accidents. The project will improve ADA safety and accessibility by improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and creating additional transportation options.

• Texas Active Transportation Network – The Texas Department of Transportation will receive $25 million to complete two trails totaling approximately 50 miles, including approximately eight bridges, landscaping and trail improvements on the Northeast Texas Trail (NETT) and the Paso Trail del Norte (PDN) in the El Paso area. . Upgrading eight bridges and dozens of kilometers of trails will allow underserved communities to access schools, jobs, recreation centers, grocery stores and other essential services. The project will improve the condition of the bridges, which will improve safety and promote active transportation for residents.

• Commerce Street Corridor Redevelopment Project – The City of Harlingen will receive $5 million for a planning project for the redesign and preliminary engineering of the Commerce Street Corridor. The project will assess the transportation needs of the corridor, establish a community vision for the corridor, and develop a preferred design concept and related preliminary engineering. The project will reduce collisions and protect non-motorized travelers along the corridor. It will also integrate stormwater management to improve flood resilience. The project will increase affordable and accessible transportation options by improving non-motorized facilities. The project includes broad collaboration with key stakeholders in an underserved community.

• Improved cycle/pedestrian routes to rail and transit technology upgrades – The North Central Texas Council of Governments will receive $25 million to build more than 30 miles of sidewalk within a half-mile radius of DART’s 8th & Corinth, Morrell, Illinois and Kiest stations. It will also extend the Cedar Crest Trail by approximately 1.5 miles and improve transit accommodations with upgrades and safety features at nearby bus stops on DART Route 217 and Blue Line light rail stations, including Kiest, VA Medical Center and Morrell stations. Improvements to the project will address safety issues caused by inadequate or missing sidewalks and improve safety for pedestrians and transit users. The project will improve access to public transit in a community where 17% of the population does not have access to a personal vehicle. The project is the result of a collaboration between NCTCOG, the City of Dallas, and DART, and has included strong public engagement processes. It includes innovative technologies such as next-generation SMART shelters in stations.

• Pedestrian and site improvements at Ysleta Port of Entry –The City of El Paso will receive $12 million for the design and construction of pedestrian improvements and related sites on City of El Paso-owned property, Ysleta’s port of entry. The project will improve safety by constructing separate drop-off and pick-up facilities, as well as pedestrian improvements such as designated raised crosswalks, warning signs, guardrails, canopies and traffic signs. ‘orientation. The project will reduce air pollution and emissions by supporting pedestrian infrastructure and bus stops. The project will help reduce barriers to crossing the bridge on foot, by bike or to accessing the border crossing by public transit.

The Port of Entry is the second busiest crossing point in the United States, with many people crossing between Juarez and El Paso to get to work, school, shopping, and reuniting with family. This project is the result of a collaboration between the El Paso Bridges Steering Committee, comprised of 20 government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders in the United States and Mexico. On Wednesday, Secretary Buttigieg is in Tucson and Phoenix where he visits two of the projects receiving RAISE awards. Later this month, the Secretary and other senior USDOT officials will fan out across the country to visit other sites that receive RAISE awards to highlight the ways the Infrastructure Act President’s bipartisanship helps invest in communities and advance important infrastructure projects in communities large and small. The full list of rewards is available here.

RAISE 2022 grants are for planning and capital investments that support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation. 50% of the funding is for projects in rural areas and 50% of the funding is for projects in urban areas. Nearly two-thirds of projects are located in areas of persistent poverty or historically disadvantaged communities. The largest grant is $25 million. By law, no more than $341.25 million could be awarded to a single state in this round of funding. Among the projects selected this year, 11 included a local hiring clause. Several projects include aspects of workforce development, including four projects that have project labor agreements, eight projects that have registered apprenticeship programs, and another eight projects with other workforce development provisions. workforce.

The RAISE program is one of many ways communities can obtain funding for projects under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act’s competitive grant programs. Later this year, the Biden-Harris administration will announce recipients of the first-ever National Infrastructure Project Assistance (MEGA) program, as well as the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program and the transportation grant program. surface area in rural areas (RURAL).

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