Roads, airports, broadband and public transit to benefit from infrastructure investment

October 29, 2021 — Ohio is slated to receive more than $12 billion of the $550 billion available from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The proposed funds will be used to further efforts regarding Roads & Bridges, Electric Vehicle Charging, Airports, Resiliency, Water Infrastructure, Broadband, and Public Transit; with notable investments being allocated to the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The 2022 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a newly funded spend package that is a part of an overall fund of $1.2 trillion. Currently, the remaining $650 billion is being approved by Congress to be used for transportation projects and water programs. Though the United States has many investment priorities, infrastructure has remained as one of the main areas of focus.

So, what does that mean for Ohio?

Ohio can expect to receive funding for road and bridges, public transit, broadband, water infrastructure, resiliency, airports, and electric vehicle charging. The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, a national collective of chambers of commerce across the Great Lakes region that GCP helps to lead, has long advocated for federal investment in two key priority projects: the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor* and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative**. Below is a closer look at exactly how these funds could be spent:

* The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project will improve safety, economic activity, and worry-free traveling for residents in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Additional funding may be provided through grants
** The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a results-driven program that addresses serious threats to the ecological and economic well-being of the Great Lakes basin, including invasive species, pollution, and toxic contamination
*** The Affordability Connectivity Benefit allows low-income families to afford internet access

For more information:

Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan III

2022 Budget Resolution and Reconciliation:

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