LOCAL HEADLINES: News Outlets Nationwide Continue Highlighting Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

This week, folks across the country, from Hawaii to Oklahoma to Pennsylvania, are still reading about how President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will create good-paying jobs, support domestic manufacturing and supply chains, and position the United States to win the economic competition for the 21st century. 

Take a look at the local coverage:

In Wisconsin: Wisconsin Public Radio: Projects benefiting Great Lakes region receive multi-million dollar boost from infrastructure law

Major projects benefiting the Great Lakes region will receive a large infusion of funding as part of $14 billion awarded through the Biden administration’s bipartisan infrastructure law and other sources, the White House announced on Wednesday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be able to finish a long-awaited new lock to handle the largest vessels moving between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes as part of nearly $479 million awarded through the bipartisan infrastructure law.  

In Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. to get $1.6B in new bridge funding from feds, though toll plans still on amid funding shortfalls

Pennsylvania will get $1.6 billion in extra federal funding over the next five years to fix more than 3,000 bridges across the commonwealth. 

The funding comes from $26.5 billion in funds for distressed bridges authorized under the recent infrastructure law. The law will also waive the requirement that states and local governments provide matching funds, President Joe Biden said in a video message last week.

In Arizona: Arizona Republic: Arizona water authority to get $18.5M under infrastructure law

According to the spending plan, the $18.5 million will go toward the creation of water pipelines, wastewater treatment plans, flood detention and filtration treatments for rural and Native American communities. 

The projects are expected to benefit Maricopa, Buckeye, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, the Queen Creek Restoration Project, Quartzite, Pima County, and a few northern Arizona neighborhoods in need of flood mitigation structures. 

In California: gCaptain: Port of Long Beach Says Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds Will Help It Handle Big Ships More Efficiently

“The Port of Long Beach is the gateway to the trans-Pacific route, the nation’s most important trade corridor,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal. “Investments made here have big benefits to the Port’s operations, reduce emissions for our communities, and move goods faster to businesses across America. We are grateful for the support.”

In Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Democrats in Congress say infrastructure money could boost public transit

Georgia is set to receive nearly $1.4 billion over five years for public transportation – including $923 million for metro Atlanta. Though the law attracted bipartisan support, every GOP member of Georgia’s congressional delegation opposed it.

In Alabama: NBC15: Alabama gets nearly $74 Million from Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law

President Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday announced more than $1.2 billion for the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) toward the timely completion of designated corridors in 11 states in the Appalachian region. Under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, annual funding for the ADHS will increase 146% compared to Fiscal Year 2021, providing dedicated funding to the ADHS to spur economic growth in this historically isolated region. The total amount that will be available to the states in Fiscal Year 2022 is $246 million.

In New York & New Jersey: PBS NewsHour: Urgent tri-state infrastructure project gets green light after long delay

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, about 200,000 rode the train through the tunnel under the Hudson river between New York and New Jersey every day. The tunnel, built in 1910, is over 111 years old—and due to lingering damage from Superstorm Sandy, is getting more unstable each day. The project had been in a holding pattern, but now, with the passing of Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure package, the repairs can finally begin. 

In Hawaii: Maui Now: New federal infrastructure law provides clean energy opportunities for Hawaiʻi

With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed into law, Hawaiʻi Energy has identified specific clean energy opportunities for the state and local businesses.

The legislation provides $1 trillion in funding to be shared between states and local governments throughout the United States to support infrastructure improvements, including clean energy and transportation.

In West Virginia: WOWK: Appalachian states to receive funds for highway system projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation and President Joe Biden announced today, Jan. 24, the overall $1.2 billion throughout the five years of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law would go toward “the timely completion of designated corridors” in 11 states throughout the Appalachian region. $246 million of that funding will be available to the states for Fiscal Year 2022.

In Oklahoma: Fox25: White House: Oklahoma to see almost $267M for bridges from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The funding formula puts Oklahoma in line for around $53 million a year for bridges over the next 5 years. Deputy Sec. Trottenberg says that funding should open up next week.

But aside from the repairs, the White House adds the money will bring other opportunities to the state.

“They also help put people to work,” said Trottenberg. “In construction jobs, you know, the kind of jobs that are well-paying and help people support a family. So that investment brings jobs and economic opportunities to local communities.”

In Illinois: Fox32: Illinois receives $1.37B in federal funding to repair, upgrade bridges

A group of Illinois lawmakers announced over $1 billion will be used to address the state’s crumbling infrastructure under President Joe Biden’s new bipartisan infrastructure plan.

Not only will people across the state benefit from new and safer bridges, a lot of jobs will be created as well.

In Missouri: Jefferson City News Tribune: Missouri to receive millions in federal bridge funding

Missouri is set to receive $484.3 million from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve highway bridges.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, was passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden last November.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Missouri’s allocation and its formula for determining bridge funding in each state Friday.

Like all funding to the states, Missouri’s $484.3 million will be spread across five years. It will get $96.9 million for its first allocation.