Obama Administration Announces Another $474M in Transportation Grants

September 5, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Anthony Foxx

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $474 million in grants to 52 projects across the country under its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

During a conference on Thursday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the programs are already authorized and funded, but he’s hopeful the announcement will encourage lawmakers to pass a transportation bill.

“America is hungry for transportation projects and that’s the message the House and Senate need to hear loud and clear as they come back from recess,” Foxx said. “We need Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill that provides the funding President Obama requested in his budget.”

According to DOT project descriptions items funded in the 2013 TIGER grants include:

  • $2,200,000 to be used to pave nearly three miles of gravel streets and earth roads in the village of Alakanuk, Alaska. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the village had a population of 695 in 2011.
  • $17,700,000 to “transform an underutilized highway” in the City of Rochester, New York. “The project will convert the 8-12 lanes of expressway and frontage roads into a single two-lane street, with parking, a separated bicycle track and sidewalks.”
  • $4,728,507 for bike lanes and sidewalks in Foley, Alabama. “This project builds on Foley’s complete streets policies to enhance safety, health, and quality of life. Through this grant, Foley is implementing the priorities of its city-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to enhance non-motorized transportation options.”
  • $1,451,450 to install intersection conflict warning systems at 15 intersections in Minnesota. “The proposed warning system will inform vehicles of intersections conflicts so drivers can better judge gaps in traffic. This program is the result of an extensive planning effort and part of Minnesota’s Zero Death Safety Program.”