Two Years of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Pennsylvania
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8th, 2023
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TWO YEARS OF PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Next Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of President Biden signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This legislation has invested $2.7 billion dollars to modernize Pennsylvania’s roads, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports, and $777 million dollars to improve Pennsylvania’s water infrastructure.
Ahead of the anniversary, Building Back Together Executive Director Mayra Macías released the following statement:
“Over the past two years, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has become a driving force behind infrastructure development, job creation, and environmental sustainability. Since its enactment, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has created new high-paying and union job opportunities all across the country and fueled a manufacturing renaissance not seen in a generation.
But perhaps most of all, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a testament to the power of bipartisan cooperation and the potential to address pressing challenges. As we celebrate its two-year anniversary, we look forward to continued progress and the enduring impact it will have on our nation for generations to come.”
Pennsylvania is already seeing major impacts thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed into law by President Biden:
- About 697,000 Pennsylvanian households are saving on their monthly internet bill thanks to the Affordable Connectivity Program.
- $242.3 million has been invested to remove Pennsylvania’s lead pipes throughout the state. According to the National Resources Defense Council, there are an estimated 160,000 lead service linesin the state.
- Pennsylvania has seen the largest dedicated investment to its roads and bridges since the creation of the interstate highway system. In Pennsylvania, 3,112 bridges and more than 7,743 miles of highway in poor condition — and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already made $5.5 billion in investments for roads, bridges, and other major road safety projects.
Read more about the impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in local media:
The Business Journals: How Pennsylvania’s 2 hydrogen hubs will play out
Broadly speaking, the federal government through the Biden administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021, set aside $7 billion for seven so-called hydrogen hubs. Hydrogen hubs are a complete system of low- or no-carbon production and use.
Keystone State News Connection: Federal Dollars Could Connect PA Unions to Orphaned Well Clean-Up
Congress allocated billions of dollars in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to plug orphaned well sites across the country, and Pennsylvania is one of the states to receive the help. The Keystone State is eligible to receive $188 million in Phase One formula grants, which are grants states do not have to compete for, but for which they must still apply and meet certain criteria. Pennsylvania plans to plug 227 wells.
The City of Erie will now be able to replace lead pipes thanks to $30 million in federal funding. $6.5 million of the funding comes from the Water Infrastructure Fund Transfer Act and the remaining $24 million comes from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. $5 million of that funding is made up of low-interest loans.
A stream and wetland restoration project at a popular park in South Philadelphia is getting a boost with federal money. $1.5 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help fund work in the natural areas of FDR Park.
Andrew Chew, Research Consultant at The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, this week said the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides for a considerable expansion of funds for transportation infrastructure, and therefore presents a great opportunity for Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Chew said it designates $550 billion in federal investment to improve infrastructure and economy from fiscal years 2022 to 2026. IIJA is also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: $35 million in grants given for Delaware River watershed protection in Philly, South Jersey
Federal and private matching grants totaling nearly $35 million were announced Thursday for Delaware River Watershed conservation projects, including a water trail in Camden, a possible South Philadelphia wetlands park, and a 5,400-square-foot floating workshop at Fairmount Water Works…
Martha Williams, director of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, said $4.5 million of the federal money came from the federal Infrastructure Law that President Joe Biden signed into law in 2021. Overall, the law is generating $26 million for the watershed over five years.