Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06)
Funding will help repair roads and bridges, expand broadband access, strengthen electric vehicle infrastructure, and combat climate change
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06) voted to pass H.R. 3684, the Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Next, it will be signed into law by President Biden.
“To compete in a twenty-first century economy, we must modernize outdated infrastructure and encourage innovation while creating good-paying American jobs and making our infrastructure more sustainable. I voted for the Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Act because it includes critical funding to repair more than 3,100 miles of roads and 1,400 bridges in North Carolina, expand broadband to more than 424,000 North Carolinians who lack reliable internet access, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Now that we’ve passed pivotal investments in physical infrastructure, we must turn our attention to investing in American families by passing the Build Back Better Act.”
This legislation delivers for North Carolinians through several priorities including funding for:
Roads and Bridges: In North Carolina, the average driver spends $500/year in maintenance costs incurred from driving on unrepaired and underfunded roads. This bill appropriates $7.2 billion for road repairs and $457 million for bridge repairs in North Carolina over the next five years.
Sustainable Transportation: To improve public transit across the state, North Carolina is expected to receive $910 million over the next five years. These transportation upgrades and repairs will increase sustainably and improve daily commutes for thousands of North Carolinians.
Broadband Access: This bill will provide $100 million to expand broadband access for an estimated 424,000 North Carolinians who currently lack access to high-speed Internet. Additionally, 31% of North Carolinians will become eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which helps low-income families afford Internet Access.
Clean Drinking Water: North Carolina is expected to receive $1.1 billion over the next five years to improve water system infrastructure and ensure that every person has safe drinking water.
Infrastructure for the Impacts of Climate Change: From 2010-2020, North Carolina has spent $50 billion in repairs resulting from extreme weather events. Based on historical formula funding, North Carolina is expected to receive $32 million for wildfire prevention. North Carolina will also benefit from the national investment in weatherization, lowering the cost of energy for families.
Airports: North Carolina will receive approximately $460 million for airport infrastructure development over the next five years.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Building a network of electric vehicle charging stations will accelerate our state’s shift toward clean energy. North Carolina is expected to receive $109 million over five years to expand the electric vehicle charging network across the state.