Hoeven: NDSU Receives $3 Million DOT Grant to Continue Leading Region 8 Transportation Center

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $3 million to North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute to continue leading the Region 8 University Transportation Center (UTC).

The Center for Transformative Infrastructure Preservation and Sustainability led by NDSU conducts research valued by transportation agencies in the region and helps prepare the transportation workforce of the future through flexible education and professional development opportunities. Their main focus is sustaining the extensive public infrastructure system for the region. Region 8 has 410,387 miles of public road and 30,318 highway bridges that must be well-maintained.

“This grant will allow NDSU to continue its leadership of the Region 8 University Transportation Center, as they advance new and innovative transportation solutions for North Dakota and the surrounding region. We have supported NDSU’s leadership in this capacity over the years, and encouraged DOT to continue to invest in the smart and innovative transportation solutions coming out of NDSU,” said Hoeven.

In September, Senator Hoeven sent a letter with the North Dakota delegation urging U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to support North Dakota State University’s grant application to continue operating the Region 8 University Transportation Center.