USDOT awards $1.5B in BUILD transportation grants; $11B requested

A total of $1.5 billion in federal grant funding has been awarded to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced.

The infrastructure funding falls far short of the demand for the federal discretionary grants, as the number of applicants – 851 –  was about double the number of applicants in 2017.

Overall, applicants in 2018 requested more than $10.9 billion in funding, and the locally-driven nature of the applications was clear in their volume and geographic diversity, the department says in a press release.