The state will receive $800 million to improve infrastructure and climate in the first round of federal funding.
According to Mass Live, as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Massachusetts will receive $804.6 million to improve roads, promote safety, and reduce pollution.
“With this funding, we can finally address all too preventable tragedies on our nation’s roads, expand transportation alternatives like biking and walking, reduce traffic congestion for Massachusetts commuters and begin the process of making our streets cleaner and greener,” said U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey. “I am proud of my colleagues and I for securing this investment in the Commonwealth and I look forward to the opportunities that will be available as we continue to receive additional funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the years ahead.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now distributing $52.5 billion in its first tranche of funding for infrastructure projects that will improve the safety and performance of America’s highways. In the investment for Fiscal 2022, Massachusetts will receive $804.6 million.
The total funding also includes a dedicated $44.4 million for highway safety improvements, $69.1 million for congestion mitigation and air quality improvement, $18 million for carbon reduction efforts and $20.5 million for strengthening the resiliency of transportation infrastructure.
President Joe Biden on Nov. 15 signed the historic bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure package that lawmakers say will bring at least $9 billion to Massachusetts over the next five years, giving transportation, broadband and clean water projects a significant boost before the president and Democrats in Congress press on with negotiations over a $1 trillion social spending bill.