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Hawai‘i to Receive $224 Million Under New Law to Strengthen Roads and Bridges

Honoapiʻilani Highway at the “Pali” tunnel. File photo by Edna Keahi.

Hawai‘i will receive $224,069,212 in federal funding to improve the state’s roads, bridges, and highways and implement strategies to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries.

The federal funding from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration under the recently signed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will also fund programs to cut traffic congestion, in turn reducing emissions and improving air quality.

“These crucial investments will rebuild our roads, bridges, and highways to make them safer and more resilient for everyone,” said US Senator Brian Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing. “The bipartisan infrastructure bill is already helping our state, and I’m proud to have supported it.”

This new funding is part of $52.5 billion in funding for Federal-aid Highway Program apportionments, an increase of more than 20% from last year. Federal-aid Highway Program funds are authorized by Congress to assist states in construction, reconstruction, and improvement of highways and bridges on eligible Federal-aid routes and for other special purpose programs and projects.

This annual funding is based on a statutory formula contained in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law in November. Hawai‘i is expected to receive at least $2.8 billion in funding from the new law.

Original source: https://mauinow.com/2021/12/20/hawaii-to-receive-224-million-under-new-law-to-strengthen-roads-and-bridges/

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