Transportation officials in Pennsylvania are hoping to receive billions from President Joe Biden’s new infrastructure spending plan for roads, bridges, and new transit lines, writes Thomas Fitzgerald for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Overall, Biden’s plan would allocate $620 billion for transport infrastructure, which is the largest spending category in his proposal. That includes $115 billion for upgrades to 20,000 miles of roadways and repairs for around 10,000 crumbling bridges.
This is of crucial importance to Pennsylvania since the state ranks second nationwide with 3,353 structurally deficient bridges that need monitoring and repair.
Federal aid would also help finish the ongoing project of connecting I-295, I-76, and Route 42, as well as performing work on Schuylkill Expressway and the Blue Route to ease congestion.
SEPTA is also hoping for a portion of the funds to help it advance its $2 billion extension of rail service to King of Prussia, among other projects.
”The timing could not be better,” said SEPTA general manager Leslie S. Richards.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said his goal is to work closely with local governments in distributing the money instead of passing all of the funds through state governments. Read more about the new infrastructure plan in The Philadelphia Inquirer.