The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Wednesday announced the selection of six projects to receive $321.4 million in Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) grants.
Officials reviewed the 39 applications, which had estimated construction costs approaching $2 billion, after publishing a notice of funding opportunity in October. The projects, which are spread across seven states, are the first grants awarded under the NSFLTP program.
The program was established in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act in 2015 “to provide federal funding for the construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation of transportation projects providing access to or located on federal or tribal lands,” according to the FHWA. The federal share of a project can be up to 90% under the NSFLTP, which gives priority to projects with an estimated construction cost of at least $50 million, but it also accepts projects with estimated constructions costs of at least $25 million.
The construction of a West Virginia Route 72 and U.S. Route 219 interchange in northeast West Virginia received the most money with $100 million. A project in south Florida to reconstruct, raise and construct small bridges across a section of U.S. 41 received $60 million.
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