Eastgate Joins Partners in Washington D.C. to Formally Receive BUILD Award

Dec 12, 2018
BUILD Award in DC

Eastgate was part of a delegation that headed to Washington to formally accept the award for the SMART2 Network Project on December 11, 2018. The project application was awarded a $10.85 million infrastructure grant and received praise from U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

During the announcement event, Chao commented that the Smart2 project “was a great example of the intent of the BUILD grants, bringing together public-private partnerships to move a community,” she said. Secretary Chao also went out of her way to point out the innovative way the group approached the application, and the collaborative effort of the team, even calling out the group for their persistence and determination to be successful.

Local officials had applied twice for federal funds for the project through the Department of Transportation’s TIGER – or Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery program, the predecessor to BUILD. Eastgate, the regional transportation planning agency, sponsored and submitted the revised application this summer.

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to personally thank our state and federal legislators for their support of our project. We’re looking to develop a scope and schedule for the various phases by early next year, with the goal of some type of construction late 2019 or early 2020,” Kinnick said.