U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Representatives Jim Hagedorn (MN-1), Angie Craig (MN-2), Dean Phillips (MN-3), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Tom Emmer (MN-6), Collin Peterson (MN-7), and Pete Stauber (MN-8) urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide information regarding the BUILD grant selection process to provide clarity to the competitive applicants from Minnesota that did not receive any funding this year. While DOT awarded $900 million in BUILD grants this fiscal year, Minnesota did not receive any funding while other states received up to three grants. In a letter, members of the Minnesota delegation highlight the integral role grants have played in improving the safety of Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure, including funding for rebuilding bridges, roads, and highway interchanges.
“Minnesota communities were deprived of a key opportunity to improve the safety and efficiency of transportation networks across our state as well as the economic benefits of direct investments in reliable infrastructure,” the members wrote.
“As you consider award funding for next year’s BUILD grant program, we urge you to provide clarity to applicants about their projects to improve Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure.”