The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $5.4 million in grants to aid schools including LSU and Southern University in Baton Rouge as well as Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and the University of New Orleans.

The grant money was announced in a news release from U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s office Monday evening.

The University Transportation Consortium grants money won’t go directly to Louisiana colleges, but instead, to consortiums they are part of.

  • A $2,592,500 grant for the University of Oklahoma consortium, which includes Louisiana Tech, will be used to address transportation and freight infrastructure issues.
  • A $1,414,100 grant for the University of Arkansas consortium, which includes LSU and UNO, will be used to build sustainable maritime and multimodal transportation systems.
  • A $1,414,100 grant for the Missouri University of Science and Technology consortium, which includes Southern, will be used to develop cement-based construction materials.

“Our Louisiana colleges and universities are among the nation’s leaders in developing sustainable transportation infrastructure,” Vitter said in a statement. “These grants will support the positive national work already in progress at those institutions and invest in our infrastructure here in Louisiana.”