Montgomery County Has High Hopes for President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

Christine Tarlecki

Montgomery County has a list of key projects it would like to see funded if President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure improvement plan becomes a reality, writes Jeff Cole for FOX 29 Philadelphia.

The county’s wish list includes several big-ticket items such as the extension of the Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia, upgrading the old Norristown Dam to make it a hydropower facility, and adding and improving the trails in the area.

“As every resident of Pennsylvania knows, our infrastructure needs some help,” said Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “It helps the regional economy, not just in the construction of the project itself, but for decades into the future, and these types of projects are not cheap.”

In fact, the rail extension alone was once estimated to cost $1 billion. But the importance of these projects cannot be understated.

According to several studies, the hydropower facility has the potential “to provide 80 percent of the power for the county buildings in Norristown,” said Dr. Arkoosh.

The county is also hoping to add more affordable housing and help for the homeless through its infrastructure plan.

Read more about the county’s plans at FOX 29 Philadelphia.