United States: President of the United States – Joe Biden announced a major transportation funding project during his visit to Wisconsin on Thursday. It is noted that this visit was part of an effort to highlight his administration’s investments in much-needed infrastructure projects that were delayed for a long time.
The reports by Axios highlighted that President Biden has been making efforts to develop the roads and bridges of the United States – a promise that was not delivered by his opponent and Republican presidential candidate – Donald Trump. It is to be noted that the world has been eyeing the upcoming rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump during the 2024 Presidential elections.
The Infrastructure Funding Law 2021, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act are some of the development-based laws that are regarded as the greatest accomplishments of President Biden and his administration.
While announcing the passage of the law in 2021, President Biden stated, “Instead of infrastructure week, we’re going to have an infrastructure decade,” amid his visit to Blatnik Bridge.
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According to the reports published by Axios, the project to replace the Blatnik Bridge is the largest and its worth is around US$ 1 billion. It is noted that the bridge, after completion, will connect Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota. The major reason behind the reconstruction or rebuilding of the bridge is weight-restricted, which causes heavy trucks to take lengthy routes.
It is anticipated that the new and replaced bridge will open more opportunities for heavy truck drivers and make a new path for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Some of the other major fundings, as listed by Axios, are:
- US$600 million to replace the I-5 Bridge between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, with an earthquake-resistant, multimodal bridge.
- US$427 million to establish the first offshore wind terminal on the West Coast, off California.
- US$372 million to replace Cape Cod’s nearly 90-year-old Sagamore Bridge.
- US$300 million for a new container terminal for the Port of New Orleans.
- US$150 million to reconnect communities divided by the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York when it was built in the mid-1900s.
- US$142 million to fix the I-376 corridor in Pittsburgh, including an area infamously known as “the bathtub” due to its regular flooding.
- US$95 million to widen a 10-mile section of I-10 through the Gila River Indian Community and Pinal County in Arizona.
The official data by the Biden administration has unveiled that, as of now, the President has announced as many as 40,000 projects worth US$ 400 billion.