DOT awards $511M in transportation grants

| December 15, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation announced Dec. 15 that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the TIGER program. 

DOT said it received 848 project applications from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., requesting a total of $14.29 billion. 

The grants will fund a wide range of innovative transportation projects in urban and rural areas across the country:

  • Of the $511 million in TIGER III funds available for grants, more than $150 million will go to projects in rural areas.
  • Roughly 48 percent of the funding will go to road and bridge projects, including more than $64 million for Complete Streets projects that will spur small business growth and benefit motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. 
  • Three grants will provide better multimodal access to airports, including DFW in Texas. 

Work has already begun on 33 planning projects while 58 capital projects are under way across the country from the previous two rounds of TIGER, and an additional 13 projects are expected to break ground over the next six months 

TIGER grants are awarded to transportation projects that have a significant national or regional impact. A complete list of grant recipients can be viewed here.

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