State DOTs can breathe easier: $7.6B in FAST Act funding reinstated in deal to avoid federal shutdown

Fears that $7.6 billion in federal funding to states would be rescinded next July have been put to rest, as part of a deal Congress passed and was signed by President Trump on November 21 to keep the federal government funded for another month.

The emergency legislation, called a continuing resolution, includes keeping alive full funding of the FAST Act program, which provides annual allotments to states for highway and other transportation projects.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act was set to rescind any money that had not been obligated by states by July 1, 2020. That comes to about $7.6 billion spread among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. States stood to lose multimillion-dollar funding, ranging from $900 million for Texas to $4.4 million for South Dakota.