Climate Resilience Projects Win Major Federal Infusion

Apr 29, 2024

In a resolute step toward combating climate change’s effect on infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has allocated $829.6 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to essential projects.

The initiative, named PROTECT, intends to enhance transportation resilience across 37 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. The significance of these efforts is not lost on the DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who underlines the urgency in the wake of escalating extreme weather events. This visionary program earmarks $1.4 billion for discretionary grants — a lifeline for critical local and regional projects.

Funded initiatives under the PROTECT program encompass a spectrum of strategies to weather the storm. States like South Dakota, Iowa, and Alaska are directing substantial grants towards road improvements, bridge replacements, and rural community infrastructural resilience.

Notable mentions include the Oglala Tribe’s $60 million grant for road enhancements, Cedar Rapids’ $56.4 million for bridge replacements, and Alaska’s $40.5 million for coastal fortification. These concerted efforts are a blueprint for national resilience, fortifying the integrity of transportation networks in the face of climate adversities.

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