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Smith: Projects already in the works likely to get funding

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Updated: November 17, 2021 05:56 PM
Created: November 17, 2021 05:54 PM

Now that President Joe Biden has signed the federal infrastructure bill, the question is who will get the money, and when.

According to White House estimates, the bill contains at least $4.8 billion for roads and bridges in Minnesota, $5.4 billion for Wisconsin, and $7.8 billion for Michigan.

Sen. Tina Smith told WDIO News the money will likely be used to finish projects that are already underway and those that have been in the works for a long time. She cited the Twin Ports Interchange, the Blatnik Bridge, and the proposed Duluth to Minneapolis passenger rail as examples of projects she'd like to see completed.

"This is basically going to double the funding that we have for road and bridge projects, for example, over the next five years, which is going to...make a big dent on the things we can get done," Smith said.

Smith said that the money will start flowing to states right away. She explained that some of the money will be distributed through traditional transportation funding, while other money will be distributed through competitive projects.

"The decisions about what projects will be first in line will be made at the local level, which will be exactly as it should be," she said.

The bill also guarantees at least $100 million for broadband internet expansion in each state and $17 billion for port infrastructure nationwide.

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