The U.S. House of Representatives tonight approved US President Joe Biden’s ambitious $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan, and submitted it for final approval.

The program passed with support of 228 against 206 opponents. Among the supporters were 13 Republicans, while six Democrats opposed it. Biden is expected to approve the plan in the coming days. In early August, the Senate approved the plan, 69 voted in favor, including 19 Republicans, and 30 opposed.

The law includes a re-approval of spending on federal plans for public works but adds $ 550 billion to water, power grid and public safety-related projects, and many more projects. 110 billion will be allocated to roads and bridges, $ 66 billion to railways and nearly $ 40 billion to transportation. An additional $ 65 billion will fund the expansion of broadband Internet access, including by providing $ 30 a month with low-income families to pay for Internet services.

The law contains some measures designed to prevent the most serious consequences of climate change. A sum of $ 65 billion has been allocated to improve the electricity grid and energy production and nearly $ 50 billion will be devoted to making infrastructure more resilient to cyber attacks as well as to natural disasters like floods and fires. About $ 7.5 billion will be spent on building additional charging stations for electric cars, while $ 7.5 billion will help fund the replacement of buses and ferries used to transport children to schools with lower-cost alternatives.

The projects that will benefit from the money

Examples of major projects planned under the Infrastructure Act include many states: In Alaska, $ 250 million has been allocated to pilot electric shuttles, as well as for land transport routes, roads and bridges, including those in the wilder regions of the continent.

California is planning a high-speed, electric railroad that will connect the state’s major cities to the Central Valley and is expected to cost $ 30 billion. In addition, a network of charging stations for electric vehicles with an initial cost of $ 9 billion is also planned.

In Colorado, the Eisenhower Johnson Tunnels, which were considered the pinnacle of engineering when they were built in 1968 and are now on the verge of collapse, will be renovated. In Louisiana, a railroad is planned that will connect New Orleans to the city of Baton Rouge, and on the way will stop at four major stations, thus addressing the need to evacuate residents in situations of extreme weather.

In Michigan, restoration of the Great Lakes is planned, including conservation of nature reserves and natural habitats of animals and plants as well as improved water quality, which is expected to cost $ 1 billion. In New Jersey, it is planned to renovate and rehabilitate the damage that Hurricane Sandy did in 2012 to the subway tunnels, as well as to transfer the entire public transportation system in the state to electricity. Additional railroad construction projects, bridge overhaul, construction of transit lanes, construction of major roads and evacuation of mines and polluting plants are planned in states like Oregon, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Virginia and West Virginia.

By Editor

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