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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Highlights Nearly $1 Billion in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Funding Allocated for Houston Region

And more funding to come to Houston region

Today, on the second anniversary of the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), highlighted that the Houston region has already received allocations of $911,436,609 in IIJA funding.  The IIJA is the largest, long-term investment in the country’s infrastructure in nearly a century.  Congresswoman Fletcher is a member of the Regional Leadership Council, which is made up of 12 members of Congress from across the country, and works to enhance coordination between federal agencies, Congress, and regional stakeholders to ensure the accomplishments of the 117th Congress—including the IIJA—are implemented as quickly and as effectively as possible.  

“I am so proud that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has delivered nearly $1 billion for the Houston region since President Biden signed the bill into law two years ago today,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “The IIJA is helping us invest in our communities now to modernize our infrastructure, to spur economic growth, and to enhance our competitiveness for the 21st century—and we’re just getting started with these investments here in Houston.  It is an investment in our future.  I look forward to seeing even more investments from this law in our community, and to working with partners to secure them.”

Some funding highlights for the Houston area include: 

  • $165,315,000 for storm damage reduction projects, rehabilitation, and maintenance at the Houston Ship Channel; 
  • $61,989,421 for Houston METRO to purchase no- and low-emission fuel buses and fueling stations, as well as the modernization of a bus maintenance facility;
  • $164,115,698 for infrastructure and terminal improvements at Sugar Land Regional Airport, Intercontinental Airport, and Hobby Airport;
  • $28,789,305 for the City of Houston to add sidewalks, protected bike lanes and vehicle turn lanes, and improve crosswalks and intersections on Bissonnet Street from Hillcroft Avenue to South Dairy Ashford Road, which accounts for the highest number of fatal crashes on all city-owned streets;
  • $552,160 for the City of Houston’s 12-month study and community-driven planning process to design safe connections across high-speed roadways and strengthen pedestrian, bicycle, and public transportation options in Gulfton, Houston's most dense and transit-dependent neighborhood;
  • $460,000 for Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority to study safety improvements and pedestrian and bicycle access to White Oak Bayou; and
  • $2,000,000 for a new research center at the University of Houston to research transportation cybersecurity improvements, in collaboration with Rice University.

For Texas, the IIJA has provided critical funds for roads, bridges, roadway safety, and other major projects, including: 

  • $16.6 billion to repair highways and bridges; 
  • $3.3 billion through the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment Program to provide access to high-speed internet throughout the state;
  • $1 billion to provide clean and safe drinking water, including $368.4 million for lead pipe and service line replacement, and $308.9 million for safe drinking water investments; and
  • $234.1 million to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the state.

To learn more about these investments, click here

In 2021, Congresswoman Fletcher voted for the IIJA, which authorized $1.2 trillion for transportation and infrastructure spending, and established new grant programs for infrastructure projects, including energy infrastructure, flooding infrastructure, and broadband infrastructure.  Since its enactment, Congresswoman Fletcher has partnered with state and local government to advocate for funding for many projects in the greater Houston area.