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Blunt-Backed Projects in St. Louis Area Receive Nearly $29 Million in BUILD Grant Funding

September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, today welcomed the Department of Transportation’s announcement that it has awarded two St. Louis-area projects a total of $28.75 million in funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program.

  • A $7.95 million grant is being awarded to the City of St. Louis for the Jefferson Avenue and 20th Street Revitalization Corridors Project. The funding will be used to provide for a multi-modal approach to manage access, congestion, and mobility in a corridor that is a vital connection to downtown St. Louis and the Next NGA West headquarters. Blunt’s letter of support for the project is available HERE and further details on the project are available HERE
  • A $20.84 million grant is being awarded to America's Central Port District in the St. Louis area for port upgrades along the Mississippi River, including approximately 7,300 linear feet of new railroad track, barge loading equipment modernization, conveyor replacement, loading shed updates, and flood mitigation work at St. Louis Port Authority in Missouri. Blunt’s letter of support for the project is available HERE and further details on the project are available HERE.

“Missouri’s greatest competitive advantage is our location,” said Blunt. “Having safe, reliable, accessible transportation is critical everywhere, but especially around a city like St. Louis where major railways, waterways and highways come together. And, with construction on the Next NGA West headquarters underway, it’s more important than ever to make sure people can easily travel in and out of the region and get around the city. I appreciate Secretary Chao recognizing the impact these investments will have in our state and making them a priority.”

“This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Blunt successfully worked to include resources for BUILD Grants in the FY2020 government funding bill.   


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