September 10, 2020
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Kansas City nearly $15 million in Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant funding. Blunt successfully worked to include resources for BUILD Grants in the FY2020 government funding bill.
• A $14.2 million BUILD grant will be used to extend the Kansas City Streetcar from its current terminus near 3rd Street and Grand Boulevard to the Berkley Riverfront, across the existing Grand Avenue Bridge. Last month, Blunt welcomed a separate announcement by the Federal Transit Administration that it awarded $50.8 million in Capital Investment Grant funding to the Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension project. Blunt’s letter of support for the project is available HERE and further details on the project are available HERE.
• A $640,000 BUILD grant will be used to provide a planning study for the Interstate 29 and Interstate 35 corridors north of the Missouri River to improve access and capacity for the interstates and adjacent highways. Blunt’s letter of support for the project is available HERE and further details on the project are available HERE.
“These investments are great news for people who live and work in the Kansas City region,” said Blunt. “Both of these projects are aimed at making it easier for people to get where they need to go, whether it’s an employee taking the streetcar to work or a truck driver transporting goods to businesses across the country. These investments would not have been possible without the hard work of local officials to secure this funding and the commitment of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to strengthening infrastructure. I’m glad Kansas City is getting the resources it needs for projects that will help boost economic growth for years to come.”
“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.