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Published on May 13, 2024
Biden-Harris Infrastructure Week Showcases Sweeping Improvements: $454 Billion Fueling Over 56,000 Projects Across the U.S.Source: The White House

The Biden-Harris Administration has kicked off Infrastructure Week, spotlighting the tangible results of President Biden's Investing in America agenda that began with the signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law back in November 2021, according to a White House statement. The administration reports the allocation of nearly $454 billion in funding for infrastructure, covering more than 56,000 projects across the country to revamp roads, bridges, and water systems, and to advance clean energy in an effort to strengthen both competitiveness and community connectivity.

This year's Infrastructure Week celebrates not just ribbon-cutting but the breadth of endeavors undertaken by the government, which includes the tackling of legacy pollution with projects aiming to remove hazardous materials from land and water sources securing cyber-attacks and climate change resilience for communities ventures to deliver safer bridges and roads in efforts paralleled by the private sector's investment, amounting to over $866 billion in the U.S. for manufacturing and clean energy. Projects such as the Atlanta-based "The Stitch," which has garnered a significant $158 million investment, exemplify the administration's approach to reuniting divided communities with urban centers while promoting employment and health access. Moreover, a key component of the Administration's initiative, the Affordable Connectivity Program, is facing a critical moment, as without Congressional action, millions of Americans stand to see their internet access costs skyrocket or get cut off at the end of May, a substantial impact for 23 million households benefitting from the program.

In a robust breakdown of accomplishments, nearly 13,000 bridge repair projects have been launched and improvements on over 257,000 miles of roads have been funded. Modernization efforts include the recent groundbreaking of the Brightline West High-Speed Rail Project, a futuristic $8.2 billion venture that promises to connect Las Vegas to California in just over a couple of hours. A substantial $25 billion has gone into modernizing airports, with an accent on improvements delivering enhanced traveler experiences. For instance, both the Missoula Montana Airport South Concourse project and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has seen considerable advancements owing to the new infrastructure bill.

On the waterfront, the Biden-Harris administration highlights interventions to reinforce major ports such as the $300 million Louisiana International Terminal project, designed to process larger vessels, and the Norfolk Harbor Deepening Project which received $142 million to enable the Virginia port to accommodate some of the world's heftiest ships this and other projects emphasize the government's focus on reinforcing supply chain reliability and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Reflecting on the transportation sector, close to 3,000 eco-friendly transit buses and over 5,000 clean school buses have been dispersed across the nation, manifesting a concrete step towards a greener, more sustainable transportation network.

Further, the Administration engendered vital boosts in high-speed internet infrastructure, adding over 12,000 miles of fiber, the implementation of rules requiring internet service providers to disclose their pricing and performance metrics clearly, and sizeable ventures to expand rural communities' access to high-speed internet, standing in synergy with the government's historic role in rural electrification decades ago. Additionally, in the pursuit of a cleaner energy future, significant funds have been directed toward grid modernization and clean energy technologies, culminating in groundbreaking projects like the 285-mile SWIP-N transmission line expected to power 1.7 million homes upon completion.

Last but certainly not least, the administration noted its investment in resilience projects that command over $50 billion purposed towards protecting communities from various threats, including cybersecurity and climate change, illustrating an "all hazards" approach in safeguarding not just infrastructure, but the American populace against the specters of the present and future uncertainties.