After an uncharacteristically productive summer, the U.S. Congress has recessed until September 6, when it will resume an abbreviated schedule in contemplation of mid-term elections in November. While Congress still has work to do this fiscal year on appropriations funds, those funds that are released annually by Congress, we are starting to see funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), enacted late in the year 2021, become available to states. By way of reminder, the BIL authorized — among other things — approximately $304 billion for roads and bridges through 2026, $25 billion in grants for airports, and continued support for concrete paving-supported programs such as those assisting the important research conducted by the CP Tech Center.

Recently, the Biden Administration announced funding for 166 infrastructure projects as part of the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program (formally known as BUILD or TIGER grants) and is making $8.7 billion available for communities to focus on building more resilient infrastructure in the face of natural disasters, as part of the PROTECT program. ACPA is closely following the release of funding and making information available to its Chapters and partners at the state level. Related, a number of Chapter/State partners helped their DOTs apply for funding as part of the FHWA Climate Challenge, which made state DOTs eligible for $500 thousand in sustainability funding. We hope to bring you the results this month.

This week’s edition of ACPA Today includes three On The Grade stories from around the country, a save the date for the 2022 Annual Meeting, a look back at the 2022 ACPA Airport Workshop, three new NCHRP projects, and a heavy-hearted in memoriam for Amy Dean.