WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $1 billion in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. This includes an award of $2.8 million to Madison and Rankin Counties for the Bob Anthony Parkway Relocation Project.
“This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
Fiscal Year 2020 BUILD Transportation grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and were awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. Since 2017, the Administration has awarded nearly $4 billion in BUILD grants to improve America’s infrastructure.
The Bob Anthony Parkway Relocation Project completes remaining environmental studies and preliminary engineering needed to relocate an existing 3.1-mile segment of Bob Anthony Parkway.
The relocation of Bob Anthony Parkway will improve safety, efficiency and reliability within a critical segment of the transportation system in Mississippi. The route contains a limited bike lane that rides very close to passing cars. Construction of this structure will remove that issue and allow the old road to be used exclusively for bicyclists, pedestrians, and dam facility maintenance. Removal of the road from the dam will allow Water District employees unfettered access to make improvements and perform needed maintenance that is otherwise limited to traffic. With the improvements of this project, current road restrictions will be lifted and allow easier and more efficient use of the road, particularly for truck traffic
The program selection criteria encompassed safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, environmental sustainability, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders. For this round of BUILD Transportation grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the appropriations act.