“I’m grateful to the Biden Administration, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, for their work to reconnect communities and their partnership with cities across our nation on this important work,” Welch said in a statement.

The program funding could be used for a variety of projects, including adapting existing infrastructure — such as building a pedestrian walkway over or under an existing highway — to better connect neighborhoods to jobs — or improved transportation access through new crosswalks and redesigned intersections. Commitment to shared prosperity and equitable development will be given priority.

“Transportation can connect us to jobs, services, and loved ones, but we‘ve also seen countless cases around the country where a piece of infrastructure cuts off a neighborhood or a community because of how it was built,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg said in a statement. “Using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are proud to announce the launch of Reconnecting Communities: the first-ever dedicated federal initiative to unify neighborhoods living with the impacts of past infrastructure choices that divided them.”

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