USDOT reveals how much Virginia and North Carolina will receive in infrastructure funding

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WASHINGTON (WAVY) – The United States Federal Highway Administration has estimated that Virginia and North Carolina could receive more than $ 9.2 billion each in funds from recently passed federal infrastructure legislation.

The money, which will flow over the next five years to the respective states, will help fund improvements to roads, bridges, railroads and airports.

There are also additional grants that states and local governments can apply for that will help fund emissions reduction programs, port dredging projects, and increase transportation safety.

The largest share of the money, $ 7.7 billion for the two states, will go to funding highways and bridges under the federal highway funding formula. That’s a 33.5% increase in funding Virginia gets under current law. In North Carolina, this is an increase of about 28.7%.

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission already has a list of priority road projects they hope to use some of that money for.

Both states can expect to see over $ 43 million for road safety programs, over $ 920 million for transit programs and over $ 386 million for airports.

President Joe Biden signed a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package at the White House on Monday. Along with modernizing the country’s infrastructure, it will also create 1.5 million jobs per year over the next decade, the Biden administration said.

“For decades, infrastructure in Virginia has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Virginia a C- on its infrastructure report card, ”the USDOT statement read. “Historic bipartisan infrastructure law will improve the lives of millions of Virginia residents,”
create a generation of well-paying union jobs and economic growth, and position the United States to win the 21st century. “

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