Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Overview: Infrastructure law - the basics

On Nov. 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law. This is a large, complex piece of legislation that funds multiple areas over a span of years. It will require state, local and federal partnership and detailed analysis to fully implement. The Arizona Department of Transportation is currently working with our federal partners to better understand this legislation’s ultimate impact. This is an extensive process and is not a matter of simply accepting money to be used immediately. Funds may be allocated either through a set formula or through a competitive process. 

What we know at this time

For highways in Arizona (link is external), Arizona expects to receive an increase of more than $200 million per year over the next five fiscal years (2022-2026). That is part of the overall $5.3 billion in funding for the state of Arizona based on federal funding formulas. “Formula funding” is money that is allocated from the federal government to the state. ADOT will retain some of the new formula funds from the IIJA, and some will be sent to local government organizations for their use. The exact amounts are currently unknown, and we expect to see funding notices from federal partners by early 2023. 

What we don’t know yet

The IIJA also creates three new federal formula programs and several new discretionary grant programs. Discretionary programs require that money be applied for in a competitive process. ADOT will need additional guidance from federal partners on how these programs will operate before we know how we can utilize them in Arizona. We expect many new opportunities from the creation of these programs, and ADOT stands ready to use these funds to improve Arizona’s infrastructure.

Grants available

Grants listed are from the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Specific grant related requirements including eligible projects, eligible applicants, cost sharing (match), application format and deadline are linked below.

A list of anticipated dates for IIJA grant Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) is available on the U.S. Department of Transportation website. 

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and FHWA have a variety of competitive grant programs used to fund various types of transportation projects and activities.

For any grant application support, it is recommended that early communication with the Grant Coordinator is made, and a completed ADOT Grant Coordination Support Request Form is submitted at least 30 days before the grant deadline.

In addition, the AZ SMART Fund was established by the Arizona Legislature in 2022 to assist eligible cities, towns, counties and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in competing for federal discretionary surface transportation grants. Visit the AZ Smart Fund webpage for information on eligibility and applications.  

Visit Local Partner Grant Support for more information or view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Federal grants awarded

 
 

IIJA News Releases

ADOT statewide electric vehicle charger plan gets approval

ADOT seeking federal grant for the West Kingman Traffic Interchange

ADOT laying groundwork to develop statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations

ADOT to compete for federal grant to speed up US 93 improvements

ADOT competing for $300 million in added federal funding for I-10 expansion between Chandler and Casa Grande

Rapid legislative action commits $400 million to address I-10 congestion between Phoenix and Casa Grande

Arizona Launches Critical Effort To Enhance Infrastructure

New federal Infrastructure law is one piece of ADOT funding process