November 16, 2021/Media, Press

From WNC to ENC, North Carolinians Are Reading About How Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Will Impact Their Lives

From Western North Carolina to Eastern North Carolina, North Carolinians are reading about President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill today and how it will impact their lives following the President signing the historic legislation into law yesterday afternoon. 

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will be a game-changer for North Carolina: 

  • $7.2B for highway programs
  • $457M for bridge replacement and repairs 
  • $911M to improve public transit options
  • $109M over the next five years to expand an electric vehicle charging network
  • $100M to expand broadband coverage and help at the least 424,000 North Carolina residents who lack access

What North Carolinians are reading today: 

ABC11: How much of Biden’s $1.2 trillion will help NC infrastructure?
RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — As President Joe Biden signed his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law Monday, it was still unclear exactly how much of that money is coming to North Carolina. The Federal Transportation Administration has provided projections of what the funding allocation could look like. The state could expect somewhere around $457 million for bridge replacement and repairs during five years. To improve public transportation, North Carolina could receive about $910 million over five years. At least $100 million could be on the way to expand broadband coverage across the state.

Daily Reflector: Biden signs $1T infrastructure deal; Tills says bill a big win for North Carolina
President Joe Biden signed his hard-fought $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law Monday before a bipartisan, celebratory crowd on the White House lawn, declaring that the new infusion of cash for roads, bridges, ports and more is going to make life “change for the better” for the American people… “Folks, too often in Washington, the reason we didn’t get things done is because we insisted on getting everything we want. Everything,” Biden said. “With this law, we focused on getting things done. I ran for president because the only way to move our country forward in my view was through compromise and consensus.”

WCNC: More than patching potholes: How Biden’s infrastructure plan can help North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Joe Biden officially signed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law Monday, and it promises to do more than just patch potholes in North Carolina. Right now, we don’t know exactly how much of that $1.2 trillion will go to North Carolina, but we do have an idea of how it will be used. When you hear the word infrastructure, you’re probably thinking about roads. And that’s a big part of it. Things like bridge replacements, repairs and improvements to public transit are all part of Biden’s agenda.  But that’s far from the whole list. A chunk of money will also go toward improving water systems nationwide. North Carolina is being asked to eliminate all lead pipes in the next five years. The state is also working with environmental officials to remove so-called “forever chemicals” from the state’s drinking water supply.

WFMY: 5 ways the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure law impacts you | Dig In 2 It
GREENSBORO, N.C. — President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan, $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law Monday afternoon… A big part of this spending package goes toward roads and bridges. North Carolina will get more than $7 billion over the next five years for roads and highways. The state will receive another $457 million for bridges. Right now North Carolina has nearly 15,000 bridges in poor condition. It’s a problem we’ve been talking about for years like in this story from 2019. The law allocates $100 million to North Carolina for broadband access. Senator Thom Tillis says that will give more than 420 thousand North Carolinians access to the internet. Right now, only about two-thirds of the state has a broadband connection.

WLOS: How much of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be seen in North Carolina?
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — President Joe Biden signed the infrastructure bill into law on Monday. The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act is expected to bring billions of dollars to North Carolina. Supporters of it in Western North Carolina said it’s important, given the continued growth in the mountains. “For us, I think it puts us in a bit of a better position to accommodate some of that growth,” said Tristan Winkler, director of the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is a part of the Land Of Sky regional council… “It’s going to impact Western North Carolina in a massive way,” said Matt Ballance, chair of NC 11 Democrats.