Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Announces Another Transportation Win for Southern Florida

Jun 5, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today announced Miami-Dade County was awarded a $7 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the Department of Transportation.

“I am proud to announce this INFRA grant that will boost our local economy and lead to continued growth at PortMiami. Over the last several years, the Port has undertaken work to expand and modernize its capabilities, paving the way for larger ships to pass through. These larger vessels now bring more cargo, and more revenue, to Southern Florida. This additional cargo has also increased the number of vehicles traveling through the Port's truck gates, causing significant delays and traffic. This INFRA grant will allow PortMiami to upgrade and automate its truck gates to better accommodate the influx of vehicles, continuing the modernization of PortMiami’s infrastructure.

“I am grateful to Secretary Chao for awarding these dollars to PortMiami. The Secretary continues to work diligently for the American people, and I value her leadership and support. As Transportation Appropriations Chairman, I am in a unique position to support programs like INFRA that create opportunities for localities and transit hubs to fund critical projects. I will continue to work tirelessly for my community, my state, and my country and am thankful for the opportunity to once again bring much needed dollars home.”

As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Diaz-Balart funded the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program at $2.52 billion in the fiscal year 2018 spending bill, and increased funding to $4.2 billion in his fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill, which was recently approved by Committee. He also included $250 million for seaports as part of DOT’s BUILD grant program (formerly known as TIGER).