$108M allocated to improve infrastructure and road safety on federal and tribal lands 

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced over $108 million in grant awards for 85 projects that will improve transportation and reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries on federal and tribal lands. The grants, from FHWA’s Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects and Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund programs, are the latest in a series of efforts by the Biden-Harris Administration to invest in transportation improvements and improve safety, mobility, economic development, and equity on federal and tribal lands. 

“Good transportation infrastructure is vital to the well-being of those traveling on federal lands and for those living and working in Native American, Alaska Native, and other indigenous peoples’ communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The grants we are announcing today will help make travel in these areas safer.”  

“Improving safety for those traveling on Tribal lands is of paramount importance to the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said Assistant Secretary for Tribal Government Affairs Arlando Teller. “This funding can improve roads, intersections, sidewalks and bike paths in these communities for all who use them.” 

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides up to $355 million per year in Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022-2026. The law also modifies the program by requiring that half of all funding go to projects on Tribal transportation facilities and increases the federal share of tribal transportation facility projects to 100 percent. The infrastructure law also provides the largest funding level ever for the Tribal Transportation Program, increasing the amount authorized from $2.4 billion to $3 billion for FY 2022-2026. 

In the coming weeks, FHWA expects to make additional funding available under the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program through a Notice of Funding Opportunity. To obtain updates on this and other future funding opportunities, please sign up for the Office of Tribal Transportation mailing list. 

To further assist the 574 Federally Recognized Tribes and their transportation priorities, FHWA has developed a Transportation Funding Opportunities for Tribal Nations guide which provides information on new highway programs created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as well as existing highway and bridge transportation funding programs. 

“These grants are yet another example of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to help those who live, work, and travel on Federal and Tribal lands by making their journeys safer,” said Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt. “This funding will also improve mobility, access, and economic opportunity in dozens of communities.” 


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