On January 25th, 2024, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced $4.9 billion for 37 projects through the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) and the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant programs.
The Mega program, created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), focuses on projects that are uniquely large and difficult to fund under traditional grant programs. Some of the selected Mega projects for this round of grants include:
- Bridge Replacement Program between Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. $600 million was awarded to update Interstate 5 with a seismically resilient replacement of a bridge over the Columbia River.
- Sagamore Bridge Project in Cape Cod, MA. $371 million was awarded to restore and modernize a 90-year-old bridge that is currently considered structurally deficient.
The INFRA program funds large scale and transformational infrastructure programs. The funding for this program was increased by 50% in the IIJA, with half of the projects so far being located in rural communities. Some of the projects selected under this program include:
- Blatnik Bridge Replacement Project in Duluth, MN and Superior, WI. $1 billion was awarded to replace a decaying bridge that serves as a major connection point between the two cities.
- Completion of I95 and RI-4 Connection in Rhode Island. $81 million was awarded to complete gaps between the two highways to create a direct freeway connection and remove traffic from local roads.
In addition, two projects will receive funding from both the Mega and INFRA programs. Those include $300 million for new international container terminal in New Orleans, LA and $66 million to rehabilitate aging infrastructure on the Idaho-Montana state line.