Bishop Announces $5M DOT BUILD Grant Award for Pembroke

September 10, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-09) announced the approval of a long-sought Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant he and North Carolina leaders helped secure from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for transportation and utility infrastructure improvements in the central business district of the Town of Pembroke.


“The folks in Pembroke have been pursuing this grant for five years because of the critical need to increase the town’s transportation infrastructure to integrate with and complement improvements serving the University of North Carolina at Pembroke campus. I made it a top priority throughout my first year in Congress and worked closely with community and Lumbee Tribal leaders to understand and advocate effectively for it. The award demonstrates the commitment of the Trump Administration and U.S. DOT to helping rural communities thrive,” said Rep. Bishop.I’m thrilled we could get this done and look forward to the project breaking ground.”


“Today’s announcement is great news for the Town of Pembroke,” said Senator Richard Burr. “This federal grant award will create a safer transportation system between downtown Pembroke, the University, and the Lumbee Tribal lands. I want to thank Secretary Chao for recognizing the importance of this project. I also want to thank the state and local officials who helped bring this highly competitive grant to their community.” 


“This investment is a big deal for Pembroke, connecting the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to major areas of town by installing two-way left turn lanes on Highway 711 with pedestrian and bike paths,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “This project will create safer access for those to enjoy the town and I am proud to have worked hard to make this opportunity a reality for Pembroke. I spoke to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao this morning and thanked her for her continued support for the great state of North Carolina.”


"This 2020 BUILD grant award will ensure that we have the funding for important infrastructure improvements for our growing community while also greatly improving the safety of motorists and pedestrians in our Town," said Charles Gregory Cummings,  Mayor of the Town of Pembroke"I would like to thank Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thom Tillis and Congressman Dan Bishop for their long-term support of this project and their leadership in Congress.  I would also like to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for choosing the Town of Pembroke as one of the recipients of this grant this year."


The U.S. DOT’s BUILD Grant is $5.2 million, totaling the project to $6.69 million with contributions from the Town of Pembroke and N.C. Department of Transportation. The grant will allow for new multi-modal transportation improvements and increase interconnectivity infrastructure in downtown Pembroke. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the City of Pembroke and the Lumbee Tribe will see increased economic development from this project.


This award follows a concerted and cooperative effort by the Town of Pembroke and community leaders including Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, State Sen. Danny Britt, State Rep. Brenden Jones, Mayor Greg Cummings, UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings and Lumbee Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr.