IN THE STATES: President Biden Announces Infrastructure Funds to Bolster Supply Chains and Lower Costs

This week, President Biden announced additional Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding that will repair and upgrade ports and waterways across the country to strengthen regional supply chains and lower costs for Americans.

Here is what people in states across the country are reading this week about these critical new investments:

In Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Long-awaited repairs for Emsworth Locks and Dams to get $77M boost in federal infrastructure funds

  • “The funds for the deteriorating passage on the Upper Ohio River system, located 6.2 miles from Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, will be used to construct new lock chambers that will allow large cargo ships to pass through, ‘relieving landside congestion and facilitating timely delivery of goods,’ according to the administration’s announcement.”

In Texas: Brownsville Herald: Going Deep: Port channel project scores major funding

  • “‘The $68 million investment to deepen the Brazos Island Harbor Channel at the Port of Brownsville in Texas will enable increased cargo movements, reduced transit times and improved operational safety,’ [U.S. Representatives Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez] said. ‘Completing the (BIH) deep draft navigation project is a high priority for both the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas as a whole.’”

In Virginia: 13NewsNow: Virginia’s senators, representatives applaud $223 million for dredging, storm mitigation

  • “U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said he, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, and Reps. Bobby Scott and Elaine Luria, all Democrats, were ‘elated’ with the funds provided by the infrastructure law. ‘This funding will advance key infrastructure projects in the region that will invest in the Port of Virginia, boost the local economy, create good-paying jobs, and preserve Virginia’s status as a leader in maritime trade and defense,’ Warner said.” 

In Colorado: Denverite: Denver’s getting the cash it’s been asking for to overhaul the South Platte

  • “The White House’s website says the money comes from ‘President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law to strengthen port and waterway supply chains and climate resilience,’ which allocated a total of $2.7 billion across the nation. The Denver project is listed as one of four ‘key projects’ that stretch from Pennsylvania to California.”