LOCAL NEWS: Biden’s Infrastructure Grants Put America Back on Track

This week, President Biden visited Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City to highlight major Bipartisan Infrastructure Law projects that will bring much-needed updates to tunnels along the Northeast Corridor. These visits come as the Biden-Harris administration announced funding this week for infrastructure projects across the country that will create good-paying jobs, grow the economy, strengthen supply chains, improve mobility for residents, and make transportation systems safer for all users.

Here’s what Americans from Maryland to Oklahoma are reading about the administration’s funding for projects in their communities this week: 

In Kentucky: WDRB: Federal infrastructure law provides additional funding for Brent Spence Bridge project

Key Point: “President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a $250 million grant for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project on Tuesday. … Funding will allow a new bridge to be built alongside the existing bridge, work to be done to repair and reconfigure the existing bridge, and improvements to be made to the interstate that serves the bridge.”

In Louisiana: Biz New Orleans: Biden Announces $60M Mega Grant for I-10 Freight Corridor

Key Point: “The I-10 freight corridor improvements project was one of nine nationally significant projects selected for this first year of the Mega Grant program. … The project is designed to improve access to locations across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and major southern cities including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houston and Mobile. The Mega grant program will invest a total of $5 billion through 2026 to help rebuild the United States’ infrastructure. For this application cycle specifically, USDOT received applications requesting approximately $30 billion in funding, far exceeding the $1 billion in 2022 funding available.”

In Maryland: Baltimore Sun: At ancient Baltimore tunnel that often delayed his travel, Biden touts ‘long overdue’ rail upgrades

Key Point: “As a U.S. senator, Biden commuted between his home state of Delaware and Washington on Amtrak for years. The president said he had been through the tunnel 1,000 times while logging more than a million miles on the passenger railroad. ‘He’s been stuck by the delays of this tunnel many times,’ U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, said during the program. The old tunnel, built during the post-Civil War administration of Republican President Ulysses S. Grant, is considered a bottleneck for Amtrak and MARC commuter trains because it forces them to creep along at 30 mph or less.”

In New York: New York Times: Biden Offers Millions for New York Rail Tunnel, Courtesy of His Infrastructure Law

Key Point: “During a trip to New York City on Tuesday, President Biden promoted his $1 trillion infrastructure package as the solution. He said his administration would contribute $292 million in grants from the bill for the first stages of the sprawling project, known as Gateway. ‘This is just the beginning,’ Mr. Biden said, surrounded by Long Island Rail Road trains that were parked under the Hudson Yards development on the west side of Midtown Manhattan. ‘The beginning of finally constructing a 21st century rail system.’”

In North Carolina: WCTI 12: Alligator Bridge included in Biden’s project funding

Key Point: “Alligator Bridge in eastern North Carolina is one of the sites that will receive funding from President Biden’s economic agenda. $110 million will be granted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the Alligator River Bridge on U.S. Highway 64 with a modern high-rise fixed span bridge along the primary east-west route in northeastern North Carolina between I-95 and the Outer Banks.”

In Oklahoma: The Oklahoman: Tulsa highway junction awarded $85 million ‘Mega Grant,’ largest in state history

Key Point: “‘This is exciting and welcome news for the Tulsa area and the state of Oklahoma,’ said Tim Gatz, Oklahoma transportation secretary. ‘I-44 and U.S. 75 are vital travel, freight and commuter corridors across the state, and this Mega Grant will help us complete much needed safety and operational improvements at this highly traveled interchange.’”