The Federal Highway Administration has issued $130.5 million in federal grants to seven projects via its Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Projects program; including a rail trail project overseen by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
[Above photo by the NCDOT]
Concurrently, the agency is making $88.3 million worth of fiscal year 2023 grants available through the next round of funding from this program via a new notice of funding opportunity.
“FHWA is proud to award these grants that will help make travel safer and provide more enjoyable access to key destinations that support local residents, business and visitors,” noted FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt in a statement.
“From the Grand Canyon in Arizona to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, these projects will help address the climate crisis and make a huge difference in the safety and quality of life for surrounding communities and hundreds of thousands of visitors to our nation’s Federal parks and wildlife refuges,” he added.
Out of the seven grant recipients from this round of funding awards, the NCDOT is receiving $21.4 million to construct the 18.8-mile Ecusta Rail Trail between the City of Hendersonville and the City of Brevard, which will connect the statewide bike route system with Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville via a pathway built on an abandoned railroad route.