Building a Better Nevada

“Every day, we are working to build a brighter future for Nevadans. When I make a promise, I know there are thousands of people — families, workers, children — relying on the State to follow through. These historic investments will allow us to rebuild our infrastructure, connect our communities, and create thousands of good-paying jobs for Nevadans.”

– Governor Sisolak

In November 2021, with the support of Nevada’s Congressional delegation, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This is the single largest long-term investment in our country’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.

Investments Coming to Nevada

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Under the IIJA, based on the traditional state revolving fund formula, Nevada is expected to receive $403 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state. To date, approximately $71 million is available in fiscal year 2022 to provide clean and safe water throughout Nevada. Of this funding, $32 million is dedicated to lead pipe and service line replacement, with another $20 million for safe drinking water investments that can also support lead pipe replacement in fiscal year 2022. 

Under the IIJA, Nevada will receive a minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide high-speed internet across the state, including providing access to at least 123,822 Nevadans who currently lack it. Governor Sisolak recently launched the High-Speed Nevada Initiative, funded in part with IIJA funds, to close the digital divide in unserved and underserved communities.  Additionally, the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada recently received an $18.9 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to expand Internet access to 11 Tribal communities in Nevada. The IIJA also helps low-income families afford internet access through the Affordability Connectivity Benefit program. Approximately 26% of people in Nevada are eligible for this program.  Households can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered internet plans at GetInternet.gov.

Based on formula funding alone, Nevada expects to receive $2.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs under the IIJA over five years. To date, Nevada has been allocated $480 million in highway formula funding and $45 million in dedicated funding for bridges in 2022. The Nevada Department of Transportation is utilizing these funds in a variety of ways, including the I-15/Tropicana Avenue Interchange. The I-15/Tropicana Avenue Interchange project is estimated to create upwards of 4,600 good-paying jobs and will make the intersection safer and more reliable. 

Based on formula funding alone, Nevada is poised to receive $459 million over five years under the IIJA to improve public transportation options across the state. To date, Nevada has been allocated $89 million to improve public transportation options across the state in fiscal year 2022. 

Under the IIJA, Nevada expects to receive approximately $293 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years. To date, Nevada has received more than $58 million for airports and $150,000 for ports. Notably, the Department of Transportation awarded nearly $44 million to Harry Reid International Airport in flexible funding to improve the airport. For a list of Airport Infrastructure Grant projects announced earlier this year, please click here

Under the IIJA, Nevada is expected to receive $38 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network across the state. In 2022, Nevada has been allocated $5 million of those funds.

To date, approximately $24 million has been allocated to Nevada for weatherization and $5.3 million to help prevent outages and make the power grid more resilient. Additional grid funding will be made available in the coming months. Nevadans will also benefit from the IIJA’s $3.5 billion investment in weatherization to improve energy efficiency in homes, which will reduce energy costs for families. Learn more about Nevada’s Weatherization Assistance Program here

In the last decade, Nevada has experienced multiple extreme weather events, which is estimated to have cost the State upwards of $1 billion in damages. The IIJA makes historic investments in resilience to lessen the impacts of climate change and other hazards like cyberattacks. Based on historical formula funding levels, Nevada expects to receive $8.6 million over five years to protect against wildfires and $12 million to protect against cyberattacks. As of July 2022, approximately $10 million has been allocated to Nevada for infrastructure resilience in 2022. 

Transforming Nevada’s Infrastructure

Since the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was enacted, Governor Sisolak and his administration have been diligently working to maximize Nevada’s allocation of funds to make transformational investments in our infrastructure and to build a better, stronger Nevada.

Nevada is poised to receive upwards of $4 billion dollars over five years under the IIJA in formula funding alone. The State is also pursuing millions of dollars in competitive grants under the IIJA. This once-in-a-generation investment will repair and modernize our infrastructure, promote environmental justice, and create an estimated 140,000 new jobs.

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