The District, Maryland and Virginia will receive almost $14 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration in awards announced Wednesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

LaHood announced grants totaling more than $417 million for projects across the country.

“Transportation investments like these will create jobs, increase mobility, improve quality of life for all Americans and strengthen our national economy,” LaHood said in a statement. “The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment.”

Projects in the Washington region awarded funding include reconstructing the intersection at East Capitol Street and Benning Road ($1,065,400); rehabilitating the Arlington Memorial Bridge ($1 million); and construction of a bike/pedestrian bridge over the Dulles Access Road in Leesburg ($1.5 million). Additional projects include expansion of the Charm City Circulator in Baltimore ($1,560,025) and allocations in all three jurisdictions to help people prepare for careers in transportation.

A complete list of projects awarded around the nation is available on the highway administration’s Web site.

States were invited to apply for the grants in June, and federal officials said they received more than 1,800 applications. The awards were made under discretionary FHWA programs created by Congress to help maintain the nation’s transportation infrastructure, “improve roadway safety and make communities more livable,” the agency said.