North Carolina Construction News staff writer
North Carolina will see six major transportation improvements, thanks to almost $60 million from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
In total, 166 projects will be funded nationwide this year by RAISE grants.
“We are very appreciative of our federal partners for helping advance transportation in North Carolina,” said J. Eric Boyette, the state’s transportation secretary. “These RAISE grants will greatly benefit our economy, strengthen supply chains, and make travel safer and easier, whether you’re driving, bicycling, walking or riding the train.”
North Carolina’s share of the grants include:
- $10.7 million to reconstruct 28 bridges in western North Carolina including low-water bridges in six counties.
- $20 million to transform a corridor from Rutherfordton to Spindale into a Complete Street including road improvements and bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements
- $3.4 million for planning mobility hubs in seven communities along the S-Line, a rail corridor between Raleigh and Petersburg, Va.
- $18 million to build a new intermodal facility at the Wilmington port.
- $2 million to engineer and design a 3.6-mile multi-use path and add other sidewalks and paths in the Elizabeth City area.
- $6 million to construct a 1.2-mile extension to the Long Branch Trail in Winston-Salem.
The RAISE program was the first discretionary grant program for which applications were accepted under last year’s $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.