U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the grants are made through Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, Transportation Grants. The program is designed to support road, rail, transit and port infrastructure across the country.
Of the total, $23 million will help the N.C. Department of Transportation replace 77 bridges in 17 rural counties. A $20 million grant will help the Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority in Raleigh construct a new multimodal transit center in downtown to support local bus operations and pedestrian access.
Also, a $17.1 million grant will help the City of Hickory develop a 1.7-mile-long bike-pedestrian trail and a bridge over U.S. 321.
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