US NEWS: White House claims $ 110 billion in infrastructure funding for the first 6 months

WASHINGTON, May 16 – The White House on Monday announced $ 110 trillion out of $ 1 trillion in infrastructure to upgrade collapsed roads, expand broadband internet and upgrade the power grid.

Monday marks the six-month anniversary of President Joe Biden signing a two-pronged infrastructure law. It coincides with the 2022 “Infrastructure Week” which opens on Monday. Biden’s Republican predecessor Donald Trump spoke of “infrastructure week” in 2018, but could not pass a bill.

“We are walking down the aisle about projects that are ready to shovel,” White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu told reporters.

Landrieu said management had “pushed $ 110 billion out of doors into provinces” and made another $ 100 billion available through funding for infrastructure projects.

$ 110 billion includes funding for more than 4,300 specific projects. A few thousand of those are airline assignments, the White House said.

Landrieu acknowledged that some of the major projects will take a long time: “Some of them – like big tunnels, big thruways, many railway projects will take longer … This will be a Decade of Infrastructure.”

The infrastructure bill includes $ 110 billion for roads, bridges, and major projects; $ 65 billion to increase broadband access and access; $ 66 billion for trains; $ 55 billion for water infrastructure; $ 25 billion for airports; $ 39.2 billion for new transportation use; and $ 5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations.

On Monday, the Department of Transport filed for $ 1 billion in funding by 2022 to help communities cope with the increasing number of road deaths in the US.

Communities can apply to use “Safe Roads” funds to add road safety features such as “center lines and shoulders” or “changes in traffic congestion to reduce congestion … and the use of speed security cameras,” the Department of Transport said on Monday. notification document.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in February that traffic deaths in the U.S. increased by 12% in the first nine months of 2021 to 31,720 – the highest number killed on American roads since then. NHTSA plans to release the entire pre-2021 year data this week.

“We are facing a national crisis of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads, and these disasters are preventable – so as a nation we must work urgently and co-operation to save lives,” said Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

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