A project-by-project breakdown has been released by the Army Corp. of Engineers that details the "spend plan" of the $17.1 billion earmarked for the civil works program portion of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The plan features new construction projects, advancement work on others, and plans for the completion of another set of projects.
A former chief officer in the Army Corp of Engineers, Gary Loew of environmental consulting firm Dawson & Associates, expects projects to kick into high gear following the announcement. Loew noted that all of the projects outlined in the plan are already in some stage of development. "There’ll be some contracts advertised in the next month and … some in three months and some in six months." He continued, "Money won’t be the issue. The only issue now is for the [Corps] districts to move through engineering and contracting into construction as quickly as they can.”
The largest allocation detailed in the proposal involves $1.1 billion for ecological improvements in the Florida Everglades. In a press briefing, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), said that the plan provides “massive funding for a huge tranche of [Everglades] projects that have been stalled for many years."
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