CNMI Updates on $50 Million on Enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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In Regional News – CNMI Delegate – Gregorio Kilili Sablan gave updates on the over $50 Million Awarded to the commonwealth following the enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Here’s PNC’s Don Sulat with the report.

According to Delegate Kilili Sablan – on Monday May 23rd – the White House announced that the NMI has been awarded $51.6 Million.

According to Sablan – the allocation includes 5 environmental and transportation projects that are important to the CNMI as the Commonwealth seeks to revive its tourism industry.

Moreover, according to the White House, since President Joe Biden’s signing 6 months ago, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has announced over $110 Billion to be allocated to States, Tribes, territories, and local governments, with over 4,300 specific projects identified for funding.

The White House further reported that more “projects will be added in the coming months, as opportunities become grant awards and as formula funds direct states become specific projects.”

According to the NMI Delegate – the over $50 million in infrastructure money will be distributed as follows:

Over $20 Million to the Commonwealth’s Department of Land and Natural Resources to supplement the Kagman Watershed Project.

Over $6 Million in Airport Infrastructure Grants to the Commonwealth Ports Authority.

Over $3 Million for Francisco C. Ada Saipan International.

Over $1 Million for Tinian International.

Over $1 Million for Benjamin Taisacan Manglona International.

And over $100 thousand for the Pagan Airstrip.

Sablan also stated that he looks forward to seeing the funds that are being provided to the Mariana’s help in the rebuilding of roads, modernization of the ports, expanding high-speed broadband, and improving the NMI’s drinking water systems.