The US Department of Transportation (DOT) will award $417.3 million in grants to fund an array of state highway projects ranging from interstate maintenance to research into innovative bridge materials and construction methods.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invited states to apply in June for federal funding from 14 grant programs. More than 1,800 applications, totaling nearly $13 billion—more than 30 times the funds available—were submitted.
Congress created the discretionary grant programs to give FHWA the latitude to support projects that maintain the nation’s roads and bridges, improve roadway safety and make communities more livable. In previous years, Congress designated some of this grant money for specific projects and FHWA awarded the remainder through a competitive process. Because the FY11 budget passed by Congress last April directed that all such funds be discretionary, FHWA awarded these funds through a competitive process.
A state-by-state list of the FY11 grants is available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1137/.