USDOT Announces $905M in Proposed Awards for the FY 2021 INFRA Grant Program
“These timely investments in our infrastructure will create jobs and support regional economies, while helping to spur innovation, confront climate change, and address inequities across the country,” Buttigieg said.
INFRA grants were selected based on several criteria. In addition to prioritizing projects that would improve local economies, create jobs, and meet all statutory requirements, for the first time in USDOT's history, grants were considered by how they would address climate change, environmental justice, and racial equity. Further, USDOT prioritized funding to rural areas to address historic underinvestment.
The below Washington-based project is just one example of how the INFRA grant program provides critically needed funding for projects of national or regional significance.
West Seattle Corridor Bridges Rehabilitation and Strengthening, Seattle, Washington
The Seattle Department of Transportation will be awarded $11,250,600 to make significant bridge repairs on the West Seattle High-Rise bridge that is currently closed due to structural deficiencies, as well as the Spokane Street Swing Bridge running adjacent to the High-Rise bridge.
The project proposes using Seattle's Priority Hire Program, a project delivery strategy, that prioritizes the hiring of local workers living in economically distressed communities. Planning was informed by community outreach and task force, the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, and applying a Racial Equity Toolkit. The current detours that this project seeks to address disproportionately affect underserved communities and communities with high representation of people of color. The project is partially located in a Federal Opportunity Zone.