The state of Hawaii is slated to receive $20 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help build a new pedestrian bridge over Ala Moana Boulevard. 

The new bridge will connect Ala Moana Beach Park and Kewalo Harbor to Ward Village, Ala Moana Shopping Center and the future Ward rail station.

Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Senator, Brian Schatz worked with DOT to secure the funding.

"We had to compete for these dollars, so this is an especially big win for O'ahu residents. These new federal funds will make it easier and safer for people to visit Ala Moana Beach Park, shop at local businesses, and access the future rail line," said Senator Schatz.

The projects are funded by the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary fund. Back in 2015, Kaua'i secured the same competitive grant to help revitalize Lihue.