April 10, 2024

Ranking Members Larsen and Norton Applaud Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for Road Infrastructure Resilience

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for announcing $846 million for 81 projects under the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) grant program.
“Climate change is disrupting communities across the country and the transportation systems on which they depend,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “This funding provides communities with the resources they need to plan for and build transportation systems that can withstand natural disasters. In my district, Skagit Country received funding to assess vulnerabilities and prepare critical transportation infrastructure for severe weather events. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to create safer transportation for communities across the county.”
"Transportation systems around the country, including in D.C., have been affected and will continue to be affected by global warming and natural disasters," Ranking Member Norton said. "As ranking member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, I applaud the $846 million in PROTECT grant funding that will go towards ensuring our transportation infrastructure can withstand foreseeable weather events like flooding."

The PROTECT grant program provides funding to improve the resilience of transportation infrastructure to climate change, rising sea levels, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. This funding can be used for planning activities, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure. To learn more about the program and view the complete list of grant awardees, click here.