The US Department of Transportation has made USD2.9 billion of funding available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for major infrastructure projects.
A combined notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) combines three major discretionary grant programmes into one, reducing the burden for state and local applicants while increasing the pipeline of “shovel-worthy” projects.
“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our outdated infrastructure and invest in major projects for the future of our economy,” said transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Until now, we had limited ability to make awards beyond a certain level, or to support projects with funding from multiple federal grant programmes. Under this approach and with a major infusion of new funding, we have the capacity to green-light more transformational projects that will create good-paying union jobs, grow the economy, and make our transportation system safer and more resilient.”
The three grant programmes falling under NOFO include the national infrastructure project assistance (Mega) programme, infrastructure for rebuilding America (INFRA), and the rural surface transportation grant programme (RURAL).