San Nicolas: $100M in U.S. DOT grants available for Guam to repair village roads

Congressman Michael San Nicolas (PNC file photo)

Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas has sent letters to each of the island’s village mayors advising them that as much as $100 million in federal funds is available to help repair village roads.

In his letters, San Nicolas said the discretionary grant funding is available from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the ‘BUILD’ program which stands for “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development.”

The program makes up to $100 million in grants funding available to each state and territory. The money can be used to build roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure.

In his release to the media,  San Nicolas wrote that village roads have been “in a constant state of disrepair” while the taxes we pay at the pump that go into the liquid fuel fund are being spent “all over the place,” said the Congressman.

San Nicolas urged each island mayor to apply for the funding. The deadline for submitting grant applications is May 18 this year.

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In letters to each Mayor, Congressman San Nicolas highlighted road projects available in each village eligible for “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)” transportation discretionary grants available through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation, and makeup to $100 million available per State or Territory.

“Our village roads have been in a constant state of disrepair, and our people in the past have had their gas prices increased with liquid fuel tax increases to fund road repairs, while the taxes that go into that road repair fund gets used all over the place,” opined Congressman San Nicolas. “These BUILD grants can tackle $100 million in neglected road projects, and our Mayors can target the projects that have the highest need and highest impact in each of our villages,” Congressman San Nicolas added.

While BUILD grants can be used for a variety of infrastructure projects, Congressman San Nicolas hopes to focus the available resources on Guam village roads. “The best use of transportation grant funds is to put it into a long-term use asset that will last us decades, and if we are able to squeeze as much useful life out of our many broken village roads today, imagine how much more after we invest in actually getting them fixed,” said Congressman San Nicolas.

The deadline to submit grant applications is May 18, 2020.