By Ethan Colbert
Portions of Highway 54 may soon be expanded to a shared four-lane highway if a grant application from the Better Highway 54 Coalition is approved later this year.
During a meeting in Bowling Green, the local advocacy group voted unanimously to submit an application to the review board of the federal government’s Better Utilizing Investments To Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program.
In April 2018, it was announced that the BUILD grant program had replaced the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER grant program, that helped to partially fund the construction of the new Champ Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisiana.
According to guidelines written by the federal transportation department, BUILD grant funds will be awarded based on a combination of factors including: improved roadway safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, and innovation.
For this particular grant cycle, the maximum grant that will be awarded to a particular project is $25 million. The minimum grant that will be awarded to a project is $1 million.
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