HONOLULU (KHON2) — An estimated $2.8 billion of a $1 trillion infrastructure deal passed by the Senate on Tuesday might be headed to Hawaii sooner than later.
The Senate gave approval to the $1 trillion infrastructure plan that will fund the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act after weeks of back and forth talks, paving way to some much needed assistance for Hawaii’s roads.
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The deal would give states money to repair roads and bridges, make roads more resilient to climate change, improve public transportation options for residents and strengthen high-speed internet access.
“Billions of federal dollars for Hawaii are in this bill to help us fix up our roads and bridges, and create thousands of new jobs across the state,” said Senator Schatz, who voted on the bill. “This massive investment will make it safer and easier for Hawai‘i families to get around, while helping grow our local economy.”
Included in the plan is legislation, authored by Senator Schatz, that aims to improve road safety standards and make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Key provisions in the infrastructure deal for Hawaii include:
Roads, bridges, and major projects – at least $1.5 billion
- At least $1.2 billion in estimated funding will be used to repair and rebuild roads with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience and safety for all road users.
- At least $339 million from the Bridge Program will work to repair and replace deficient or outdated bridges.
- Hawaii will have access to nearly $16 billion in nationwide funding for major projects.
- Access to $7.5 billion for competitive RAISE grants will support surface transportation projects of local and/or regional significance.
Public transit – at least $637.4 million
- Funding will be used to help repair and expand Hawai‘i’s public transit system, including a historic investment in cleaner and safer buses.
Airports – at least $246 million
- Funding will be used to improve runways, gates, taxiways and terminals and make investments that will reduce congestion and emissions, and drive electrification and other low-carbon technologies.
- Access to $5 billion in nationwide funding from the Airport Terminal Program for major terminal renovations and expansions.
Broadband – at least $160 million
- At least $100 million in funding will be used to help the state deploy and expand broadband access to more Hawaii families
- The Department of Hawaiian Homelands is set to receive at least $60 million to provide high-speed internet access to Native Hawaiian families.
- At least 280,000 Hawaii residents will be eligible for a new broadband benefit aimed at helping low-income families afford high-speed internet access.
- Funding will also support the construction of new broadband infrastructure, including undersea cables.
Water infrastructure – at least $200.4 million
- A total of $88 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to improve drinking water treatment, pipes and water storage tanks.
- An additional $112.4 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to help support municipal wastewater facilities and treatment systems.
- Access to $10 billion to address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
- Access to $250 million in grants for low-income households for the construction, repair or replacement of individual decentralized wastewater treatment systems
Electric vehicles – at least $18 million
- Funding to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Hawaii to enable long-distance travel and to provide convenient charging where people live and work.
- Access to an additional $2.5 billion in nationwide grant funding dedicated to EV and alternative fuels charging infrastructure.
- Access to $5 billion to replace existing school buses with zero emission and clean school buses, with a priority on low income, rural and tribal schools.
Clean energy and grid – at least $3 million
- Funding includes at least $3 million from the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program to pursue state-led initiatives that accelerate our clean energy transition.
- Access to $3 billion in matching grants for smart grid investments, including energy storage.
- Access to $500 million in competitive grants to make energy efficiency, renewable energy and vehicle upgrades at public schools.
- Access to an additional $550 million in nationwide funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.
Resiliency – $11 billion (nationwide)
- Hawaii has access to nearly $1.3 billion in nationwide funding for coastal habitat restoration to increase resilience.
- Access to $1 billion for resilience infrastructure through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program.
- Access to $8 billion from the new Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) program, which provides formula and competitive funding for resilience improvement grants, community resilience and evacuation route grants and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants.
Street safety – $5 billion (nationwide)
- Funds a new program to help state and local governments implement “vision zero” plans and other improvements to reduce crashes and fatalities, especially for cyclists and pedestrians.
Flood mitigation – $7 billion (nationwide)
- Access to $7 billion in nationwide funding to support flood control projects that protect vulnerable communities from sea level rise and extreme weather.
Ports and waterways – $16.6 billion (nationwide)
- Access to new funding for waterway and coastal infrastructure, inland waterway improvements, and port infrastructure.
Addressing Legacy Pollution – $21 billion (nationwide)
- Access to $1.5 billion in nationwide funding for brownfields remediation.
- Access to $3.5 billion for Superfund cleanup.
The bill now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.