USACE Releases Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Spend Plan

January 19, 2022: Courtesy of National Waterways Conference and Waterways Council Inc.

USACE releases IIJA (infrastructure) work spend plan

In November 2021, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) which provided $17 billion in funding to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works projects. USACE had 60 days to submit a plan to Congress on the FY2022 projects to be funded. The plan was submitted to Congress on Friday, January 14 and was publicly released today (Jan. 19). IIJA provided 17.1 billion in appropriations to primarily three civil works pots: 68% for construction; 23% for operations and maintenance (O&M) and 5% for Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T). Under IIJA, for each pot of funds, USACE was tasked to determine which projects would be funded.

In IIJA, Construction received $11.615 billion, including $1.5 billion for harbors and navigation channels, $2.5 billion for inland waterways, $2.5 billion for coastal storm risk management, $2.5 billion for inland flood risk management, $1.9 billion for aquatic ecosystem restoration, $465 million for the Continuing Authorities Program and $200 million for environmental infrastructure. O&M received $4 billion under IIJA to be divvied up over three fiscal years--$2 billion for FY 2022, $1 billion each for FY23 and FY24.  MR&T received $808 million, including $550 million for studies, construction, operations and maintenance and $258 million to address emergency situations. Other funding pots included $251 million for flood control and coastal emergencies, $160 million for the regulatory program, $150 million for investigations, $75 million for USACE’s WIFA program (dam maintenance, upgrades and safety) and $40 million for expenses.

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Four Capital Investment Strategy Construction Projects Funded to Completion

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its spend plans outlining the specific inland waterways projects that were allocated funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Package).

Specifically, the spend plans will fund the following inland navigation construction projects at $2.22 billion:

  • Kentucky Lock: $465.49 million (funded to completion)
  • Montgomery Lock: $857.71 million (funded to completion)
  • Lock and Dam 25 (Navigation & Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP): $732 million (funded to completion)
  • Three Rivers: $109.15 million (spend plan summary lists this as funded to completion, but the project is authorized for $184.39 million)
  • T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway (Major Rehabilitation): $52.52 million (funded to completion)

Additionally, as part of NESP’s ecosystem restoration component, a fish passage at Lock 22 is funded at $97.10 million to complete the design and to initiate construction.

Several inland waterways projects received operations and maintenance funding. Those projects can be viewed here.