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Buttigieg: Arkansas receives DOT funding, helping "[modernize] America’s transportation systems"

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced the awarding of $24.6 million from the Biden-Harris administration's Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to the state of Arkansas.

A release from the DOT said the grant money would be used to “modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal transportation and make our transportation systems safer, more accessible, more affordable, and more sustainable," according to an Aug. 11 KNWA news report.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible, and more sustainable,” Buttigieg said in the news report. “Using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”

The nationwide allocations for 2022 include more than $2.2 billion due to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Joe Biden in August, the report said. An additional $7.5 billion will be allocated spanning the next five years.

Arkansas' award will be used to renovate the city of Conway's Connect Conway project to develop approximately 15 miles of infrastructure consisting of multi-use paths, sidepaths, bridges, cycle tracks, and trailheads, the report said. The project also includes removing physical barriers and connecting west and east Conway. High visibility crosswalks, pedestrian signage, rectangular rapid-flashing beacons, and high-intensity activated crosswalks are also planned to be developed for the project.

The new infrastructure will provide underserved Conway residents with safe and easy access to 14 major employers such as the University of Central Arkansas, 10 parks, seven schools, three universities and colleges, and three major retail areas, according to the report.

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