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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 3, 2000
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 107-00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $123 Million in Grants for Surface Transportation Improvements

Providing Funds For Corridor and Border Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced that $123 million in Federal Highway Administration discretionary funds will be provided to 32 states for 50 projects and to the General Services Administration for four other projects as part of the National Corridor Planning and Development and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure programs.

"These projects will provide jobs for hard-working Americans, foster economic growth along these important corridors, and help move people and goods across America and across our borders," President Clinton said. "Investing wisely in transportation will improve safety, increase efficiency and strengthen the economy."

These programs, informally known jointly as the Corridors and Borders program, were provided for by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the landmark surface transportation law that President Clinton signed on June 9, 1998. Both programs provide the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) with the authority to allocate dollars to states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). These programs provided $123.6 million to states in fiscal year 1999 and $121.8 million in fiscal year 2000. They can provide up to $140 million each year over the last two fiscal years (2002-2003) of TEA-21.

"These funds will contribute substantially to America's mobility and productivity by providing safer and more efficient movement of people and goods throughout the United States and by enhancing the flow of commerce at key border points with our neighbors in Canada and Mexico," Secretary Slater said. "These projects also underscore our continuing emphasis on safety, which is President Clinton and Vice President Gore's highest transportation priority."

The corridors program funds projects in the 43 congressionally designated high-priority corridors and other significant corridors based on factors specified in TEA-21. The borders program is designed to improve border transportation infrastructure and operations that facilitate the safe movement of people and goods at or near the U.S.-Canada and the U.S.-Mexico borders.

Criteria under which the department could fund applications include reduction in travel time through a major international facility, potential for improvements in border crossing vehicle safety and cargo security, and the applicability of innovative techniques and technology to other border crossing facilities.

Congress also identified some projects for funding under this program. About 66 percent of the total funds awarded and 61 percent of the projects funded for fiscal 2001 year are congressional earmarks. Based on the department's criteria, many of the earmarked borders and corridors projects would have been eligible for competitive grants. In addition, the recently enacted DOT appropriations for fiscal year 2001 provided direct funding for several projects that were also eligible for consideration in the borders and corridors category.

The grants apply to highway, rail and intermodal projects and demonstrate that states and localities are using multimodal solutions to transportation challenges, ensuring that the U.S. transportation system can meet the trade and transportation demands of the 21st century safely and efficiently.

In fiscal year 2001, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), an agency of USDOT, received about 150 funding requests totaling about $2 billion. This was about the same level as in fiscal year 2000 and fiscal year 1999.

For additional information about the programs, including a map of high-priority corridors, visit the FHWA website at www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep10/corbor/corbor.html.

The fiscal year 2001 National Corridor Planning and Development Program and Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program grant recipients, by state, project and total allocation, are listed below.

FY2001 Award Recipients

National Corridor Planning and Development and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure programs

* indicates congressional earmark.

State

Project

Award

Alabama

*US 43, Alabama

$3,516,000

Alabama

*Anniston Evacuation corridor, Calhoun County

$2,637,000

Alaska

*Hatcher Pass (phase 1)

$1,758,000

Arizona

Infrastructure improvements to property purchased for Commercial Vehicle Inspections at the Nogales Port of Entry (POE).

$750,000

Arizona

ITS-CVO processing for international crossing system in Nogales POE.

$800,000

Arkansas (with Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas)

Environmental and Location studies for future I-69 from Sarnia and Windsor, Ontario Canada to Laredo and the Lower Rio Grande Valley (US/Mexico Border)

$5,000,000

California

Project development, ROW acquisition and construction of grade separation projects in the Alameda Corridor East from E. Los Angeles to Pomona along UP/SP RR line

$2,400,000

California

Preliminary Engineering and design for realignment of I-5 and I-805 from San Ysidro POE to Virginia Ave in San Diego metropolitan area

$2,000,000

California

Environmental study, design, and ROW acquisition along SR 905 Freewayto the Otay Mesa Port of Entry

$4,100,000

California

*Avalon Boulevard/405 Freeway Interchange, Carson

$769,125

Colorado

*I-25 Corridor from Alameda to Logan

$3,516,000

Connecticut

Final design phase for replacement of the I-95 Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven.

$1,500,000

Florida

*Traffic calming, Boca Raton

$439,500

Florida

*US 19, Florida

$8,790,000

GSA

At Sault St. Marie POE, construction of a corridor for the separation of commercial and non-commercial traffic at the approach to the port.

$1,990,000

GSA

At Columbia, Laredo POE construction of a 3rd lane for truck processing. Lane will separate full and empty trucks prior to inspection.

$308,000

GSA

At bridge of the Americas, EL Paso POE, construct new headhouse and four additional primary inspection lanes and booths.

$1,500,000

GSA

At Pharr POE construction of 25 inspection bays with canopy.

$1,500,000

Idaho

*US 95 (Milepost 522 to Canadian border)

$1,670,100

Illinois

*New Boston Road improvements, Mercer County

$2,637,000

Illinois

*I-74 bridge, Moline

$4,922,400

Illinois

*US 51 widening, Decatur

$1,186,650

Illinois

*Stevenson expressway

$3,340,200

Illinois

PE for Central Ave. to Narragansett Ave. connector, a new 4-lane highway near Midway Airport and the CSX Bedford Park intermodal yards in Cook County

$3,000,000

Indiana

*South Shore industrial safety overpass, Indiana

$4,175,250

Indiana

*I-65 Upgrade, Clark County,

$1,186,650

Kentucky

*Madison County, KY 21 and I-75

$879,000

Kentucky

*I-66, Somerset to London

$4,395,000

Kentucky

*US 25 improvements, Kentucky

$1,758,000

Louisiana

*I-69, Louisiana

$2,021,700

Massachusetts

*Downtown Fitchburg Route 12 extension

$1,758,000

Michigan

Detroit-Windsor International Bridge Study: Feasibility Study & Environmental Clearance

$3,000,000

Missouri

*US 61 (Avenue of the Saints)

$3,516,000

New Hampshire (with Maine and Vermont)

*US Route 2

$1,318,500

New York

Design and ROW acquisition for new freeway (future I-99) from PA border north for 12 miles.

$3,000,000

New York

Installation of canopy, inspection booths, signal and WIM at Ogdensburg-Prescott Intl Crossing

$300,000

North Carolina

*US 321 and US 74, Gasden and Mecklenburg County

$439,500

Ohio

*City of North Ridgeville, Lorain County, grade crossing

$527,400

Oregon

*I-5 South Medford interchange and Delta Park

$879,000

South Dakota

*I-29 Port of Entry, Union County

$1,758,000

South Dakota

Construction of Phase I of the Southeast Connector route in Rapid City, including a new interchange at Elk Vale Road and SD-44 and four-lane reconstruction of Elk Vale Rd from South of SD-44 north to near I-90.

$3,000,000

Texas

Acquire ROW for Border safety inspection facilities and related work (Laredo, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Brownsville, Pharr-Reynosa, Los Indios-Lucia Blanco)

$1,400,000

Texas

*Radio Road overpass, City of Sulpher Springs

$1,186,650

Texas

*I-69 corridor

$2,637,000

Texas

Reconstruction of Mile 2 W in Hidalgo County

$1,200,000

Texas

Improvement Plan and related work for six POEs in El Paso area (including part of New Mexico)

$450,000

Texas

*I-35 corridor expansion, Waco

$1,164,675

Utah

Corridor planning for I-15 in Utah County

$400,000

Virginia

*Coalfields expressway

$3,516,000

Virginia

*Route 104

$879,000

Washington

*US 395 North Spokane corridor

$879,000

West Virginia

*Coalfields expressway

$8,790,000

Wisconsin

*WI 29 (Chippewa Falls bypass)

$2,637,000

Wisconsin

ROW acquisition, construction of roadway and structures, widening and realignment of US 10 between Fremont and US 45 including US 10/45 improvements

$4,000,000

 

Total Awards

$123,081,300

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