President Donald Trump’s transition team and a Washington-based consulting firm have compiled a prioritized list of 50 infrastructure projects. This nationwide list, if funded and approved, would cost $137.5 billion. (You can view the list here.)
The private sector is targeted to finance an estimated 50 percent of all costs through public-private partnerships.
The list of projects is spread among 30 states and nearly 25 on the list are transportation-related jobs featuring a significant deep foundation or marine construction component.
Transportation projects are related to highways, bridges, mass transit, rail or airports. When glossing over the list, improvements to locks and waterways along the Ohio, Mississippi and Illinois rivers stand out.
Aside from transportation-related improvements, a grouping of energy and gas projects made the list including a proposed transmission line from Oklahoma to Memphis and a natural gas pipeline that would run through Virginia and North Carolina.
In total, the 50 projects listed would directly create an estimated 193,000 jobs. These priorities are not set in stone. States are presenting additional projects to the new administration for consideration.
Notable projects include:
Bridges on I-95 in Philadelphia
All 15 existing bridges are structurally deficient and need repaired or replaced. Estimated cost: $8 billion.
Gordie Howe International Bridge (Michigan Upper Peninsula)
Construct a bridge that connects Michigan Interstates 75 and 94 with the newly-built Herb Gray Parkway in Ontario, Canada. Estimated cost: $4.5 billion.
The Mississippi River ship channel needs to be deepened to accommodate deep-draft vessels that are now transiting the expanded Panama Canal. Project would dredge the channel to a depth of 50 feet. Estimated cost: $1 billion.
South Carolina Dams
Accelerate the repair of more than 600 dams classified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as high or significant hazards. Estimated cost: $850 million.
The Peace Bridge (Niagara River between New York and Canada)
Replace a nearly 4,000-foot-long toll bridge that serves as an international border crossing, carrying traffic across the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada and Buffalo, New York. Estimated cost: $700 million
Arlington Memorial Bridge (Potomac River, Washington, D.C.)
Extensive rehabilitation of the bridge that crosses the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Improvements would include replacement of the bridge’s center span. Estimated cost: $250 million.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
Improvements to a 24-mile-long, parallel-span causeway in New Orleans consisting of pre-stressed panels supported by more than 9,000 concrete piles. The causeway is the longest bridge over water in the world. Estimated cost: $125 million.