BernCo Commission takes USDOT grant for I-40 Trade Port Corridor

Bernalillo County, NM (KKOB) — Tuesday night, Bernalillo County commissioners voted to accept $974,000 in planning funds on behalf of the I-40 Trade Port Corridor from the Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (RIA) program awarded by the U.S Department of Transportation.

The I-40 Trade Port Corridor is a coalition of Bernalillo County, Sandoval County and the Village of Los Lunas, together with tri-state partners including the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, the City of Kingman, Arizona and the City of Winslow, Arizona and project coordinators GLD Partners, working together to develop a network of clean energy logistics hubs as an integral part of the nation’s supply chain solution. The RIA program will help accelerate project delivery through a variety of ways, including project planning, studies and analysis, and preliminary engineering and design work. 

“This is a transformational project that elevates the value and access of all transcontinental transportation modes passing through New Mexico,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.

The partner group’s initial intention is to develop the project on the 805-mile-long stretch from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, and later collaborate with partners to extend the corridor into Texas and Midwest markets. Conversations are already taking place with the State of Oklahoma for partnership on clean energy grants.