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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

This page provides a brief overview of the five-year federal infrastructure bill signed into law in November 2021, including links to federal guidance and other resources to help local governments in Washington State identify potential funding opportunities.



Overview

On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed a major federal infrastructure bill into law. Public Law 117-58 – known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) or sometimes the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) – provides state and local governments with a significant amount of infrastructure funding opportunities over the next five years, including:

  • Road, bridges, and major projects
  • Passenger and freight rail
  • Public transportation
  • Airports and Federal Aviation Administration facilities
  • Ports and waterways
  • Transportation safety
  • Electric vehicles, buses, and ferries
  • Clean energy and power
  • Water
  • Climate resilience
  • Environmental remediation
  • Broadband high-speed internet

The funding will be awarded through a variety of competitive and formula grants and loans. Some of the funding consists of increases to existing federal programs, while other funding consists of new programs. Some of the programs will be administered by state agencies and others will be administered directly by federal agencies.

Below are some useful resources to help local governments navigate this bill and identify potential funding opportunities.


Federal Resources

The White House has released a number of resources related to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:


Current Funding Opportunities and Additional Resources

In addition to the federal resources above, the following resources provide useful information to help local governments identify and apply for funding:

Several federal agencies have also created resources for specific funding areas, including:


Prevailing Wages

Most of the construction projects funded or assisted through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be subject to federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage standards. Funding recipients must ensure that the Davis-Bacon labor standards clauses and applicable wage determinations are included in covered construction contracts and must provide guidance and monitoring to ensure the labor standards are met.

For more information, see the U.S. Department of Labor webpage on Protections for Workers in Construction under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.


Last Modified: November 16, 2022