BUILD Grants

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

The New York City Department of Transportation has given contractors the nod to begin work on a project to restore the Brooklyn Bridge. Navillus Contracting and the MLJ Contracting Corp. are partnering on the $238 million restoration work. A post on the MLJ website noted: "Contract work includes cleaning and restoration of the historic granite towers and arch blocks, rehabilitation of the historic brick interiors of the Brooklyn and Manhattan arches, a comprehensive jet grout program to reinforce the foundations of the Manhattan arches, and reconstruction/rehabilitation of the brick infill walls and stone features of the Manhattan arches." The work, falling under DOT's Contract 7, is part of an ongoing rehabilitation effort that has included rehabilitation, repair and re-striping of the ramps and approaches to the Brooklyn Bridge to improve safety, reduce congestion on both the Brooklyn and Manhattan approaches; the painting of the entire bridge to prevent steel corrosion and rehabilitation of stone masonry walls at approaches and ramps.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has received a $20 million federal grant for the expansion of U.S. Highway 75 between Murray and Plattsmouth through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will fund nearly half of the project's estimated $45.5 million cost.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced Dec. 7 that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award grants of $14 million each for highway infrastructure improvements in the cities of Decatur and Cullman. The grants are made available as part of the DOT Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program, which focuses on economic development and infrastructure upgrades.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Dec. 6 that West Virginia will receive $40 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants. These grants are designated by the Federal Government for use by the West Virginia Department of Transportation on two major projects: a bypass around Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, and construction of approximately 10 miles of Corridor H, a four-lane expressway in Tucker County that is part of the Appalachian Development Highway System.