More than $120 million in Federal Highway Administration discretionary funds will be provided to 32 states for 50 projects, and to the General Services Administration (GSA) for four other projects as part of the National Corridor Planning and Development and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure programs. The grant-funded projects are expected to provide many more jobs, foster economic growth along the corridors, and improve safety, increase efficiency and strengthen the economy.
The programs, informally known jointly as the Corridors and Borders program, were provided for by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the landmark surface transportation law that President Clinton signed on June 9, 1998. Both programs provide the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) with the authority to allocate dollars to states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO).
The corridors program funds projects in the 43 congressionally designated high-priority corridors and other significant corridors based on factors specified in TEA-21. The borders program is designed to improve border transportation infrastructure and operations that facilitate the safe movement of people and goods at or near the U.S.-Canada and the U.S.-Mexico borders. The grants apply to highway, rail and intermodal projects.
For additional information about the programs, including a map of high-priority corridors, visit the FHWA website at www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep10/corbor/corbor.html. The fiscal year 2001 National Corridor Planning and Development Program and Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program grant recipients, by state, project and total allocation can be viewed at www.dot.gov/affairs/fhwa10700.htm