Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced the North Carolina Department of Transportation will receive a $19.9 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for Raleigh, NC. The project eliminates a railroad crossing by lowering the Blue Ridge Road from its current ground level to instead pass under the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR). It also reconfigures existing nearby intersections and adjacent access roadways.
“I want to thank Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation for awarding Raleigh this substantial grant through the competitive TIGER program,” said Senator Tillis. “This grant will go a long way to ensure North Carolina’s citizens are safe while ensuring the North Carolina Railroad can travel efficiently.”
“I’m glad to see Raleigh, North Carolina chosen as the recipient of this competitive TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said Senator Burr. “This money will go a long way toward completing a long planned and important infrastructure project around the I-440 Beltline in Raleigh.”
“TIGER grants are direct federal investments in projects that will improve our surface transportation at the national, regional or local level,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 appropriated $500 million, available through September 30, 2020, for National Infrastructure Investments otherwise known as TIGER grants. As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 TIGER grants program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. The FY 2017 Appropriations Act specifies that TIGER Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except that for projects located in rural areas the minimum TIGER Discretionary Grant size is $1 million.