Luria, Scott and local leaders discuss bipartisan infrastructure law investments in coastal Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Public officials in Virginia hosted a roundtable on Monday to discuss the future of infrastructure in coastal Virginia.

Rep. Elaine Luria, Rep. Bobby Scott, and local Hampton Roads leaders hosted the roundtable to highlight the bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) efforts to modernize and improve infrastructure at the Port of Virginia and the Port of Virginia. Virginia.

The BIL included $110 billion for the replacement and improvement of bridges, roads and other major infrastructure. It included $66 billion to fund freight and rail and $39.25 for public transit. Additionally, it provided $65 billion for broadband deployment grants. These provisions will help reduce the supply chain backlog, which is impacting businesses across the country.

Port of Virginia and the Virginia Coast set to benefit from nearly $70 billion in projects to dredge and expand Port of Norfolk, reduce carbon emissions and kick-start construction of coastal resilience infrastructure to fight climate change .

Earlier this week, Luria joined the Virginia congressional delegation urging President Biden to include $76.9 million for expanding and deepening the Port of Norfolk in the president’s fiscal year 2023 budget request. .

The project aims to help extend Norfolk Harbor’s shipping channels and ensure that large commercial and military vessels can continue to pass through the harbor safely.

Provisions specific to Port of Virginia and the Virginia Coast include:

  • Assistance to national infrastructure projects (megaprojects): BIL allocates $5 billion to megaprojects. This program will support complex, large-scale projects that are difficult to fund by other means and have the potential to generate national or regional economic and security benefits. Eligible projects would include freight intermodal, including public ports.
  • Carbon reduction program: BIL allocates $6.4 billion to a new DOT program to invest in projects that support the reduction of transport emissions. Eligible projects include the electrification of ports and infrastructure to deal with congestion.
  • The Port of Norfolk Deepening and Widening Project: The Corps has earmarked $69,331,000 to improve navigation and increase capacity by deepening and widening the port’s shipping channels. This will allow safer access for large commercial and military vessels and provide significant new economic opportunities for the region.
  • City of Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Project: The Army Corps has allocated $249,331,000 to initiate the first construction contract for the project, which will help reduce and manage flooding in large parts of the city through a system of surge barriers, tidal gates, flood walls, levees, pumping stations and non-structural measures. .

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