WASHINGTON (WFXR) – Last week, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure bill into law.

Each state will see individual benefits from the bill. Below is a breakdown of how Virginia will benefit.

  • Repair and rebuild roads and bridges with a focus on safety and future resilience
    • Virginia has 577 bridges and over 2,000 miles of highway that is considered to be in poor condition. Commute times have increased by 7.7 percent and each driver pays an average of $517 per year due to driving on roads that need repair. These figures are as of 2011.
    • Virginia is set to receive approximately $7.7 billion over five years which includes $12.5 billion investment in bridges as well as $15 billion dedicated to megaprojects to deliver economic benefits to Virginia’s communities. Over five years, Virginia is expected to receive approximately $166 million in funding to reduce transportation-related emissions along with about $189 million over five years to increase resiliance of Virginia’s transportation system.
  • Improving safety of Virginia’s transporation system
    • Virginia will receive approximately $43 million for highway safety traffic programs to improve driver behavior and reduce deaths and injuries from crashes.
    • $55.6 million over five years to augment commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety efforts to reduce CMV crashes.
  • Improve transportation options
    • Virginia can expect to receive about $1.2 billion over five years to improve transportation options.
  • Build a network of electronic vehicle chargers to facilitate long-distance travel
    • A $7.5 billion investment nationally with Virginia’s share being approximately $106 million over five years to expand the electronic vehicle (EV) charging network.
  • Expanding passenger rail and freight rail service and safety
    • Virginia is eligible to compete for $5 billion for rail improvement and safety grants and $3 billion for grade crossing safety improvements.
  • Improving airports
    • Approximatley $386 million will come to Virginia for infrastructure developments for airports over five years.
      • The funding will addres airside and landside needs at airports including improving runways, taxiways and airport-owned towers, terminal development and noise reduction projects.
    • Additionally, $5 billion in discretionary funding over five years is available for terminal development projects and address aging infrastructure as well as expanding accessibility for persons with disabilities, improve access for historically disadvantaged populations, improve energy, efficiency and improve airfield safety.
  • Grant opportunities available to state and local governments
    • Safe Streets for All program funds local and tribal governments to support efforts to advance “vision zero” plans and other improvements to reduce crashes and fatalities ($6 billion).
    • Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants support surface transportation projects of local and/or regional significance ($15 billion).
    • Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants offer needed aid to freight infrastructure by providing funding to state and local governments of regional or national significance ($14 billion).
    • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low and No Emission Bus Programs provides funding to state and local governments to purchase or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and acquiring, constructing and leasing of supporting facilities ($5.6 billion).
    • FTA Buses + Bus Facilities Competitive Program, which provides competitive funding to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment to construct bus-related facilities that includes technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities ($2 billion).
    • Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program guarantees $8 billion and authorizes an additional $15 billion in more future appropriations to invest in new high-capacity transit projects that communities choose to build ($23 billion).
    • Federal Aviation Administration Terminal Program provides funding for airport terminal development and other landside projects ($15 billion).
    • Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program provides $7.3 billion in formula funding to states and $1.4 billion in competitive grants to those eligible to increase resilience of the transportation system, which includes funding for evacuation routes, coastal resilience, making existing infrastructure more resilient, or creating efforts to move infrastructure to nearby locations not continuously impacted by natural disasters or extreme weather ($8.7 billion).
    • Port Infrastructure Development Program increases investments in coastal ports and inland waterways to improve supply chains and enhances resilience of the shipping industry ($2.25 billion).
    • 5307 Ferry Program retains the $30 million per year passenger ferry system serving urban areas ($150 million).
    • Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Program supports the transition of passenger ferries to low or zero-emission technologies ($500 million).
    • Rural Ferry Program ensures basic essential ferry services continue to be provided to rural areas ($2 billion).
    • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Competitive Grants for Nationally-Significant Bridges and other Bridges assists state, federal and tribal entities in rehabilitating or replacing bridges, including culverts. Large projects and bundling of smaller bridge projects will be eligible for funding ($12.8 billion).
    • FTA All Station Accessibility Program provides funding to legacy transit and commuter rail authorities to upgrade existing stations to meet or exceed accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act ($1.75 billion).
    • Charging and Fueling Infrastructure discretionary funds provides convenient charging stations where people live, work and shop (up to $2.5 billion).
    • Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program provides dedicated funding to state, local, MPO and tribal governments for planning, design, demolition, and reconstruction of street grids, parks and other infrastructure ($1 billion).
    • FHWA Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects provides funding for the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of nationally-significant projects within, adjacent to, or accessing Federal or tribal lands. ($1.5 billion).
    • Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program is a programmed competition delivering competitive grants to states, local governments and tribes for projects that improve transportation safety and efficiency ($1 billion).

For the complete description of the funding breakdown, see the document below:

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