Portman Announces $20 Million RAISE Grant for the City of Cincinnati

August 8, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding the City of Cincinnati a $20 million federal grant through the FY 2022 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The RAISE grant program provides funding for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance. Previously, this program has been funded at $1 billion per year. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Portman spearheaded and was signed into law last November, annual funding levels have been increased to $1.5 billion. Between the IIJA and the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the RAISE grant program has been funded at $2.25 billion for this year.

The $20 million grant will help fund the city’s State-to-Central Project, connecting the West End, Queensgate, and Lower Price Hill neighborhoods with street safety improvements, approximately 36 enhanced intersections, new bicycle facilities, and pedestrian amenities on three corridor segments totaling approximately 3.5 miles.

“This is great news for my hometown of Cincinnati. I applaud the Department of Transportation for providing Cincinnati and other towns around Ohio with the resources needed to advance safety, bicycle and pedestrian amenities,” said Portman. “This project will increase community safety and access, while also creating needed jobs.”

NOTE: In April, Portman sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in support of the City of Cincinnati’s application for the RAISE grant.