Friday, July 12, 2024

Pennsylvania reaps major gains from Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

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Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., smiles during a campaign event, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pennsylvania’s landscape is being transformed through billions of dollars in federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which support numerous large-scale projects.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., emphasized the multifaceted benefits Pennsylvania has reaped from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. He pointed to record-breaking investments in roads, bridges, water systems and transportation across the state.

Casey pointed out $13 billion was allocated to Pennsylvania for roads and bridges.

“For example, in Pittsburgh, raising the flood wall that protects the Parkway East and in downtown Pittsburgh, including the so-called bathtub section of interstate 376,” Casey outlined. “That often floods during heavy storms. That’s a $6.6 million project that will help ensure that it can stay open and allow for traffic to flow through.”

According to Casey’s website, progress has been made on key provisions in the Senate’s initial fiscal year 2024 funding bills. The provisions cover a range of issues, from anti-drug efforts to economic development, and include more than $172 million for Pennsylvania community projects.

Casey noted a significant investment in the infrastructure bill provides funding for removing and replacing aging lead service lines in the water system in Pennsylvania.

“In Pittsburgh, that amounts to, in terms of the current funding, amounts to 4,900 homes and businesses in the city or surrounding communities,” Casey explained. “That funding level is over $30 million.”

Casey emphasized the infrastructure bill allocates significant funding to improve internet connectivity across Pennsylvania, particularly in rural areas where up to 30% of residents lack access. He added the investment in high-speed internet will also address urban dead spots and is expected to be one of the most transformative aspects of the legislation.

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