Federal funding

A first-of-its-kind interactive tool that provides the public and elected officials a clear look at how and where U.S. states invest their transportation tax dollars has revealed that Alabama leveraged $731.4 million in federal funds to advance $902.6 million in highway improvements during fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Like many Americans in the transportation and infrastructure building industry, Russell McMurray is keeping a close eye on the prospects of a massive new economic stimulus bill currently before the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package on May 15 designed to, among other things, provide aid money to a range of concerns across the country, as well as additional $1,200 payments to American taxpayers.

A $3 trillion, 1,815-page COVID-19 relief measure proposed by the House of Representatives on May 12 contains $15 billion in stopgap funds for state departments of transportation – well below the nearly $50 billion the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials projects state DOTs will need to continue operations in the face of drastic falloffs in motor fuel tax revenues, toll road receipts, and other funding sources.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to proposed legislation that will provide an additional $310 billion in funding for Paycheck Protection Program loans to help small businesses retain jobs: "The new loan funding will help thousands of construction firms to retain essential construction jobs amid rapidly declining demand for construction services.

Winning a $10.4 million Federal Highway Administration grant will allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to advance improvements to four U.S. 191 bridges in a corridor important to residents of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona.

After years of planning, countless hours in the design room and input from the public, the U.S.-69/75 corridor in Bryan County is a giant step closer to a major reconstruction due to a federal FASTLANE Grant received in 2016. The contract was awarded by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission at its August meeting to Duit Construction of Edmond at more than $150 million, with a significant $62 million coming from federal funds.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) annual August redistribution has resulted in Delaware receiving an additional $23 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects. The redistribution dollars represent federal transportation improvement funds that were allocated, but not used by other states.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico's airports will get millions of dollars in federal aid for maintenance and other projects. The Albuquerque Journal reported June 10 that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $13 million in funding to be used at 16 airports in the state.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a total of $1.36 billion in federal funding allocations to 16 new and existing transit projects in the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. FTA is allocating approximately $424.8 million in appropriated Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 CIG funding to two projects that have existing construction grant agreements and five new projects, subject to further review and approval, that are nearing readiness for consideration to receive such an agreement.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced a total of $281 million in additional Fiscal Year 2018 federal funding allocations to five transit projects in Arizona, California, Minnesota and Texas. Funding will be provided through FTA's Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced on July 22 that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states.