Biden Administration Announces Funding for Three Community-Led Infrastructure Projects in Massachusetts

Pete Buttigieg

BOSTON–U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $30,993,110 from the RAISE discretionary grant program to three different infrastructure projects across Massachusetts.

The RAISE grant program, expanded under the president’s infrastructure law, supports communities of all sizes, with half of the FY2023 funding going to rural areas and the other half to urban areas. The grants are part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda that is growing the American economy from the bottom up and middle-out—from rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, to driving over $470 billion in private sector manufacturing and clean energy investments in the United States, to creating good-paying jobs and building a clean-energy economy that will combat climate change and make our communities more resilient.

“Using the funds in President Biden’s infrastructure law, we are helping communities in every state across the country realize their visions for new infrastructure projects,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This round of RAISE grants is helping create a new generation of good-paying jobs in rural and urban communities alike, with projects whose benefits will include improving safety, fighting climate change, advancing equity, strengthening our supply chain, and more.”

This year’s awarded projects will help more people get where they need to be quickly, affordably, and safely. From projects that will strengthen supply chains and reduce bottlenecks, to bridge replacements and road projects to make them safer and more efficient for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, this year’s awards will build and repair infrastructure that benefits Americans for future generations to come, while taking steps to reduce emissions from the transportation sector and support wealth creation and good-paying union jobs. Seventy percent of the grants are going to projects in regions defined as an Area of Persistent Poverty or a Historically Disadvantaged Community.

Like last year, demand for RAISE funding was higher than available funds. This year, DOT received $15 billion in requests for the $2.26 billion available.

Today’s awardees in Massachusetts include:

  • $7,843,750 for the Downtown Brockton Infrastructure Improvement Project. The funds will be used for the preliminary design and engineering work to reconstruct approximately 5.2 miles of roadway, replace traffic signals, convert one-way roadways to two-way, replace water and sewer lines, replace storm water systems, and install approximately five miles of fiber optics within the project limits. The project will address safety by providing separated bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and traffic calming measures.
  • $21,400,000 for the Lowell Bridge Preservation Project for the rehabilitation or preservation of approximately four deficient bridges that will address safety by installing new sidewalks, repairing dilapidated sidewalks and adding barriers that separate vehicles and pedestrians on various bridges. The updates will improve the condition of the bridges and mobility and community connectivity.
  • $1,749,360 for the Blue Lane Working Waterfront Connector Project to the topographic survey, engineering design, environmental permitting, benefit-cost analysis, and public outreach for an approximately 1.76-mile complete streets roadway rehabilitation project. The project will complete a city-wide recreational pathway, enhancing bike and pedestrian travel areas and other transit connections including a commuter rail station and seasonal ferry service.

The full list of projects can be viewed here.

RAISE discretionary grants help project sponsors at the State and local levels, including municipalities, Tribal governments, counties, and others complete critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects that they may not have had the funding to carry out prior to passage of President Biden’s infrastructure law. The eligibility requirements of RAISE allow project sponsors to obtain funding for projects that are harder to support through other U.S. DOT grant programs.

The RAISE program is one of several ways communities can secure funding for projects under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s competitive grant programs. This week, the Federal Transit Administration announced nearly $1.7 billion in funding through the agency’s, which puts more zero-emission and low-emission buses on the road while supporting workforce training on new vehicle technologies.

The Department also published the 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) Program: a three-in-one grant opportunity for communities interested in funding made available through the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) discretionary grant program, the Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (Rural), and the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program.