Rep. Zeldin Announces INFRA Discretionary Grant Program for Local Infrastructure Needs
Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will make an additional approximately $1.5 billion available to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure through grant funding. Improving upon the existing FASTLANE program, INFRA allows local governments to apply directly for federal assistance to advance highway improvement measures and other infrastructure projects. INFRA improves upon FASTLANE by using updated criteria for awarding funding, such as the national and regional economic impact and the potential for job creation and innovation through emerging technology, to better evaluate potential projects. The DOT will also be conducting outreach to assist potential applicants with the process of filing an application, further strengthening the commitment to reducing bureaucracy and providing direct assistance to local governments.
In the 114th Congress, Congressman Zeldin was part of a bipartisan coalition that developed and passed the Fix America’s Transportation, or FAST Act (H.R. 22), the first long term fully funded highway and transit bill to become law in nearly a decade. As part of an overall commitment to increase direct federal aid for infrastructure projects at the local level, this bill created the initial grant program now being improved upon further by INFRA.
Congressman Zeldin said, “Advocating for important funding that impacts the First Congressional District is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I strongly encourage all of our local highway departments to apply for this grant funding. INFRA presents a new opportunity for our communities to receive the funding necessary to make long needed improvements to our roads, bridges, overpasses, and other forms of infrastructure. Reliable and well-maintained infrastructure is necessary for both the success of Long Island’s economy and the safety of our citizens, and it is imperative that absolutely every avenue is explored in fulfilling this critical mission.”
Local governments are encouraged to apply. For more information or assistance, officials can contact Congressman Zeldin's office.