Biden administration launches program to fix 15,000 bridges

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Department of Transportation launching $27 billion program to repair and upgrade US bridges

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Under the five-year program, the federal government will release about $5.5 billion to states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and tribes this fiscal year, according to senior administration officials who insisted anonymity to preview the plans.

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Biden plans to talk on Friday about the progress he has made in implementing the $1 trillion infrastructure package in the two months since it was signed into law. It’s an opportunity for a president whose economic and voting rights agenda has been withheld in the Senate to show that his administration is working to improve lives.

The White House released a fact sheet ahead of Biden’s remarks detailing how the administration is preparing to distribute infrastructure funds. There are plans to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles. The Department of Transportation has announced a distribution of approximately $56 billion to improve highways, airports and shipping ports.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to provide $7.4 billion to upgrade water and sewer systems. Steps are also being taken to build broadband internet among other initiatives.

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