WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $18,000,000 to Stark County through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funds for the project will go toward the construction of a three-mile extension of US-30 expressway in Stark County. This project will improve highway safety and support the economy in the region. Brown wrote to the Department of Transportation in support of this project.
“When Ohio communities have up-to-date infrastructure, it helps them grow and support local jobs,” said Brown. “This key investment will help improve safety for travelers on US-30, while attracting economic investments to the region.”
BUILD Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. BUILD grants are investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.
Brown serves as Ranking Member on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees public transit. Brown has championed the $900 million for the BUILD program, in the FY 2019 omnibus appropriations law that is funding the Stark County award. He has long called for a robust federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure to create jobs and repair our aging infrastructure. His bipartisan Bridge Investment Act was included in the highway bill that passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee earlier this year.