In the United States, Congress recently passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which is the largest long-term investment in the nation’s infrastructure in the past century. This $1.2 trillion investment is a critical step in implementing The American Jobs Plan, one part of President Biden’s three-part agenda to ‘rescue, recover, and rebuild’ the country.
The Plan adds an additional $550 billion in transportation infrastructure, about 20% of which will go to upgrading roads and bridges. Over the next five years, this investment will repair 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and main streets most in need of modernization. It will also fix the most “economically significant” large bridges and 10,000 of the worst smaller bridges across the country. The federal spending will also be increased to $39 billion to modernize existing transit, including bus and rail services to new communities. Additionally, the American Jobs Plan aims to modernize the electric grid, build out the nation’s high-speed broadband infrastructure, and eliminate 100% of remaining lead pipes to help improve the clean water supply.