Economy3 hours ago (Jan 14, 2022 08: 30PM ET)
(c) Reuters. Construction workers are seen at the site of a large public infrastructure reconstruction project of an elevated roadway and bridges in upper Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will trumpet his administration’s plans to spend $27 billion fixing thousands of U.S. bridges on Friday, the latest roll-out associated with the $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
Biden plans the remarks as his larger economic package, Build Back Better, has stalled in the Senate and his poll numbers have sagged as concerns have mounted over the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation.
Along with a major pandemic relief bill, the bipartisan infrastructure bill he signed in November https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-needing-boost-sign-1-trillion-infrastructure-bill-2021-11-15 stands as Biden’s biggest legislative achievement in his first year in office.
The administration believes that popular infrastructure investments can ease transportation bottlenecks after the pandemic, which has caused supply shortages and a rise in prices. Regular surveys of U.S. infrastructure reveal that the country’s major bridges are in dire need of repairs.
Money for bridges will be made available to 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and sovereign tribes over five years, the Department of Transportation said. They estimate approximately 15,000 bridges could be repaired due to the investment.
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