The PROTECT program provides funding to help make surface transportation more resilient to climate change and natural disasters.
The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA)/Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the PROTECT program to help make surface transportation more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters through support of planning activities, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes and at-risk costal infrastructure.
PROTECT funds eligible activities include:
- Planning Activities
- Resilience Improvements
- Community Resilience and Evacuation Route activities
- At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure activities
Final Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022 PROTECT funds are provided to WSDOT’s fish passage projects. FFY 2023-26 funds are provided to local agency fish passage projects selected through the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board (FBRB) and further coordinated with WSDOT Local Programs to ensure eligibility. Also, $25 million is provided to tribal projects identified in the Transportation Budget.
The federal participation rate is 80 percent.