States, National Parks Get Millions to Fund Innovation and Traffic Safety Projects

More than $7.1 million in federal grants will be given to “cutting edge safety improvement projects” in eight states and National Park territory.

by / August 7, 2015

Nine projects across the United States are slated to get a piece of a multimillion dollar pie that will help to fund transportation innovation.

More than $7.1 million in federal grants will be given to “cutting edge safety improvement projects” in eight states and National Park territory.

The Recipients Are ...

Florida Department of Transportation: $1,000,000
Kansas Department of Transportation: $1,000,000 
Rhode Island DOT:  $1,000,000
Washington State Department of Transportation: $1,000,000 
RIDOT and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation: $996,000
Montana Department of Transportation: $816,000 
Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Dodge County: $355,000
National Park Service: $296,800
 
Total: $7,139,800

In a press release, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced that the grants would be given to projects in Florida, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin and the National Park Service.

The grant money is being provided through the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program. To date, since the launch in early 2014, the program has funded more than $27 million in grants to 38 federal, state, local and tribal agencies for transportation-related projects.

“Innovation requires creative thinking and investment,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in the release. “These state DOTs, along with the National Park Service, are building roads and bridges that are saving time, money and lives. Now it’s up to Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill so that states have the resources to continue delivering better, more innovative infrastructure.”

Foxx also addressed the evolving demands on transportation infrastructure in the United States over the course of the next three decades. He said gridlock is expected to increase unless substantial changes are made across the board.