Says Measure will Deliver Needed Upgrades to Minnesota Roads, Bridges, Broadband and Water Infrastructure, while Creating Jobs Across State

WASHINGTON, D.C. [11/15/21]— Today at the White House U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) watched President Biden sign the historic, bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, saying the measure will deliver billions of dollars in long-overdue investments to Minnesota’s roads, bridges, broadband, water infrastructure and other areas of need.

Sen. Smith, who helped push the bill through Congress, said the new law will jumpstart the economy and create jobs and economic development in rural, urban and suburban communities across Minnesota and around the nation.  She said the new law shows Congress can get important things done in a bipartisan way.

“Getting this once-in-a-generation bill over the finish line will mean so much for people in Minnesota and across the country who will see historic investment in things that create good-paying jobs and bolster our economy,” said Sen. Smith. “For decades, Congress has been talking about the need to fix our roads and bridges, upgrade our ports and water systems, and deliver broadband to communities that have yet to be connected.  Today, we not only showed that we can deliver on our infrastructure promises, but that we can do it in a bipartisan way.  I was glad to be on hand at the White House for this historic event."

Infrastructure Package to Bring Significant Investment to Minnesota

Sen. Smith said the new infrastructure law – which passed the Senate in August - will bring significant investments to communities across the state, including:

·        $4.5 billion for Minnesota highways;

·        $856 million for transit systems across the state;

·        $302 million for bridges;

·        At least $100 million for broadband internet systems in communities across the state, and aim to connect the 171,000 Minnesota households without reliable internet access; and

·        $68 million for electric vehicle charging stations.

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