Washington (The Times Groupe)- The White House confirmed on Monday that $110 billion from the $1 trillion infrastructure package will be used to repair crumbling roads, expand broadband internet, and improve the electrical grid.
Biden signed bipartisan infrastructure legislation six months ago on Monday. The event coincides with the opening of the 2022 “Infrastructure Week.” Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, promoted “Infrastructure week” in 2018, but failed to pass legislation.
“We have started shoveling in the shovel-ready projects,” White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu told reporters.
‘The administration has pushed $110 billion out of the door for the states and made another $100 billion available for infrastructure projects,’ Landrieu said.
The $110 billion will fund over 4,300 specific projects. About 2,000 of them are airports, according to the White House.
Landrieu admits some of the larger projects will take longer. “Some of them, like tunnels and highways, and a lot of railroad projects are going to take a little longer… This is going to be an infrastructure decade.”
Infrastructure spending includes $110 billion for roads, bridges, and major projects; $65 billion to expand broadband access; $55 billion for water infrastructure; $25 billion for airports; $39.2 billion for transit; and $5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations.
A $1 billion grant for 2022 was announced by the Transportation Department on Monday as part of its initiative to address U.S. traffic deaths.
“Safe Streets” funds can be used by communities to add roadway safety features like “centerline and shoulder rumble strips” or “traffic calming modifications to road design,” the Transportation Department said Monday in a briefing document.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that U.S. traffic deaths rose 12% in the first nine months of 2021 to 31,720, the most since 2006. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to release full-year 2021 preliminary data this week. washington
“As a nation, we need to collaborate urgently and collectively to save lives in this time of crisis of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.