(BIVN) – Billions in federal funds will be allocated for Hawaiʻi roads, bridges, and water systems following the U.S. House of Representatives vote to pass a $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure deal.
At least $2.8 billion in estimated funding will be available to Hawai‘i under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation supported the legislation.
From a statement by Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) posted to social media:
“Tonight I voted to deliver the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to the President’s desk and advance the Build Back Better Act.
“Together, the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represent a historic investment in the most pressing needs facing our nation.
“At the personal request of the President of the United States, and with the firm commitment from fellow members of the Democratic Caucus to pass the Build Back Better Act no later than the week of November 15th, I voted to deliver the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act today.
We will deliver on the President’s full agenda. I trust the President’s vision and our resolve.”
“Late tonight I joined a majority of my U.S. House colleagues in voting for final passage of the historic $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, our largest-ever investment in America’s roads and bridges, water infrastructure, climate resilience projects, internet access and much more,” said Congressman Ed Case (HI-01). “For our Hawaii, this means over $2 billion dollars in federal investment in our own crumbling infrastructure and in the thousands of jobs and economic generation it will yield.”
“I also voted with a majority of my House colleagues to advance the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better package, which would be our largest-ever investment in climate change and our social safety net”, said Rep. Case. “We are on course to pass this equally historic bill out of the House and send it to the Senate the week of November 15th, subject to Congressional Budget Office confirmation of the measure’s revenues and expenses.”
The bill now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law. President Biden called the legislation a “once-in-a-generation investment that’s going to create millions of jobs modernizing our infrastructure” that will “turn the climate crisis into an opportunity.”
“And it puts us on a path to win the economic competition of the 21st century that we face with China and other large countries and the rest of the world,” President Biden stated.
The office of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who voted to pass the Act in the Senate in August, provided this breakdown:
Roads, bridges, and major projects – at least $1.5 billion for Hawai‘i
- At least $1.2 billion in estimated funding for Hawai‘i 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 for Hawai‘i from the Bridge Program to repair and replace deficient or outdated bridges
- Hawai‘i has access to nearly $16 billion in nationwide funding for major projects
- Access to $7.5 billion for competitive RAISE grants which support surface transportation projects of local and/or regional significance
Public transit – at least $637.4 million for Hawai‘i
- 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 for Hawai‘i
- 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
- Hawai‘i also has access to $5 billion in nationwide funding from the Airport Terminal Program for major terminal renovations and expansions
Broadband – at least $160 million for Hawai‘i
- At least $100 million in funding will be used to help the state deploy and expand broadband access to more Hawai‘i families
- The Department of Hawaiian Homelands is set to receive at least $60 million to provide high-speed internet access to more Native Hawaiian families
- At least 280,000 Hawai‘i 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 for Hawai‘i
- Funding includes $88 million to Hawai‘i from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to improve drinking water treatment, pipes, and water storage tanks
- An additional $112.4 million to Hawai‘i 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 for Hawai‘i
- Funding to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Hawai‘i 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 for Hawai‘i
- Funding includes at least $3 million to Hawai‘i from the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program to pursue state-led initiatives that accelerate our clean energy transition
- Hawai‘i has 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)
- Hawai‘i 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 $8.7 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)
- Hawai‘i has 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)
- Hawai‘i has access to new funding for waterway and coastal infrastructure, inland waterway improvements, and port infrastructure
Addressing Legacy Pollution – $21 billion (nationwide)
- Hawai‘i has access to $1.5 billion in nationwide funding for brownfields remediation
- Access to $3.5 billion for Superfund cleanup
“Billions of federal dollars are heading to Hawai‘i to help us fix up our roads and bridges, and create thousands of new jobs across the state,” said Senator Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing. “This massive investment will make it safer and easier for Hawai‘i families to get around, while helping grow our local economy,” Sen. Schatz said.