President Joe Biden recently signed into law a $1.5 trillion spending plan (H.R. 2471) for fiscal year 2022, providing resources to fully implement the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The plan also includes funding for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to support communities in northeastern Illinois with flood resilience projects.
The appropriations bill allows states to finalize plans for implementing IIJA’s historic investments in infrastructure. The bill unlocks funding for IIJA programs that can modernize roads and highways, expand bicycle and pedestrian networks, protect vulnerable road users, and strengthen transit investments.
CMAP also will receive $175,000 to support regional flood resilience through congressionally directed spending from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. An updated flood susceptibility index will help prioritize areas across the region for flood mitigation activities. A companion project will examine flood risk in the region in relation to vulnerable communities prone to environmental injustices.