HARTFORD–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Wednesday released a resource guide to help Connecticut municipalities benefit from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The guide includes information about what was included in the law, the programs that will be funded, who can access funding, and where to get more information about applying for funding.
“Thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure law I was proud to help pass in the Senate, we are on the brink of seeing record amounts of funding coming to Connecticut’s to rebuild our roads, railways, broadband, and so much more. Billions of dollars in new funding are available to help Connecticut towns and cities build infrastructure suited for the 21st century, and that improves the lives of every Connecticut resident. This guide will help make sure this federal funding is put to good use in our state,” said Murphy.
You can find the resource guide here.
Murphy helped secure the following investments for Connecticut in IIJA:
· $30 billion for the Northeast Rail Corridor: These dollars will fund much needed maintenance and upgrades to Connecticut rail infrastructure, including repair of major bridges and station upgrades;
· $106 million for EPA Long Island Sound Geographic Program to protect the Long Island Sound watershed
· $1 billion for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant, which will help communities become more resilient against natural disasters;
· $489 million for United States Coast Guard, that includes all the projects in Connecticut;
o Failing Steam System Replacement at Coast Guard Academy ($25M)
o Chase Hall Renovation at Coast Guard Academy ($28M)
o City Pier Improvements in New London ($6M)
· $3.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs;
· $561 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years;
· $1.3 billion over five years to improve public transportation options;
· $53 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network;
· A minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 27,000 people who currently lack it;
· 654,000 or 18.7% of people in Connecticut will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit.
· Murphy’s BuyAmerican.gov Act was also included in passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
o TheBuyAmerican.gov Act will establish a centralized online hub to increase transparency and ensure federal agencies prioritize the purchase of American-made goods in compliance with existing law.