New dashboard tracks spending from federal infrastructure program

It is now 22 months to the day that President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which is intended to fund projects across the entire nation. Since then, localities in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District have been awarded $19.2 million for projects. 

That’s according to an interactive database and map unveiled by the National League of Cities intended to track how the money is spent. 

“This map represents $13 billion dollars in direct infrastructure funding awarded to local governments for investments in resilience, safety and clean energy as well as roads, bridges, public transportation and other infrastructure that are used by more than 97 million people,” reads a press release sent out on Thursday. 

Take a look at the database yourself (Credit: National League of Cities)

Charlottesville has received $7,120,650 for a project to modernize the infrastructure for the distribution of natural gas under the Safety category. 

The City of Lynchburg’s public schools system received $9,875,000 for a clean school bus program from the Electric Vehicles, Buses and Ferries category. The Lynchburg Economic Development Authority got another $500,000 for brownfield projects, as did the City of Danville. These came from the environmental remediation category. 

Charlotte County Public Schools got $1,185 million for their clean school bus program. 

The biggest project in Virginia to be funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is $49.6 million for Washington Dulles International Airport. 

This database does not include grants won by cities in collaboration with other entities, according to the press release. 

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