By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) July 29 awarded $500 million to 40 recipients of its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant program. Unlike the federal highway and public transportation programs, the TIGER grant program does not require matching funds, which makes its awards highly sought after by state and local governments.  The program is also not funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, but with general funds.

The 2016 awards will provide $200 million to support 16 separate livability projects that seek to enhance non-motor vehicle forms of transportation.  The programs will also fund: 8 roadway and bridge improvement projects with $114 million; 5 transit projects with $65 million; 6 port projects with $62 million; and 5 freight and passenger rail projects with $56 million.

Some recipients of this year’s awards over $10 million are:

$20 million to the city of New Haven, Connecticut, to develop the downtown area with new street connections, including bridge reconstruction, new sidewalks, bike lanes and landscaping along Route 34, continuing its conversion from a limited access highway to an urban boulevard with new intersections reconnecting the local street grid. The project also creates the first separated bike lane in the state.

$17.8 million to Scott County, Minnesota, to construct an interchange at the junction of US 169, Trunk Highway 41, and supporting roadways to convert the at-grade intersection to a grade-separated interchange that will facilitate better movement and access across US 169.

$17.6 million to the Albany Port District Commission in New York to support maritime infrastructure improvements, including rebuilding the port roadway.

$16.2 million to the city of Camden, New Jersey, to reconstruct streets covering two miles north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The project includes street grading and resurfacing, curbs, sidewalks and other safety and disability-accessibility improvements.

$15 million to the Colorado Department of Transportation to improve a four-lane, 14-mile section of North Interstate 25 between Loveland and Fort Collins to include tolled express lanes, replacement of two bridges, and safety, structural and multi-modal improvements.

$15 million to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to construct grade separation at an intersection in Santa Fe Springs, about 15 miles southeast of Los Angeles, where more than 52,000 motor vehicles cross the tracks daily.

$14.6 million to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota to reconstruct 16 miles of BIA Route 7 from the city of Rosebud to US 83 on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The project includes roadway reconstruction, intersection reconfiguration and a wide range of safety enhancements.

$13.5 million to Madison County, Indiana, to replace and improve the weight capacity of the Eighth Street Bridge over the White River in Anderson, Indiana, which transports 15,000 vehicles daily and connects the city to major interstate highways.

$10.5 million to the Maine Department of Transportation to replace the 58-year old, structurally deficient Beals Island Bridge, the only road connection between the island and the city of Jonesport.

See the full 2016 TIGER project fact sheet at