Allegheny County leaders detail how federal infrastructure bill will impact you

PITTSBURGH — President Biden’s hard-fought $1 trillion infrastructure bill will pour millions of dollars into state and local governments to fix roads, bridges and transportation systems. Allegheny County leaders detailed Wednesday what that means in our area.

“As County Executive, I’ve had a lot of projects I had to say no to over the years, knowing the need is there but the funding hasn’t been there,” said Rich Fitzgerald. “Now we can do things like fixing the Parkway, the McKees Rocks Bridge, the widening of Bates Street, the extension of the busway to people to have access who have been left behind during this economic time.”

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“My PennDOT region has the most landslides across the commonwealth. Those are projects that are going to make lives better and put people to work,” said state Sen. Lindsay Williams.

PennDOT officials gave Channel 11 a long list of projects that could get underway thanks to the federal money. The money from Biden’s bill won’t be available until next year, but officials are hopeful it will help projects get the green light.

“$39 billion for public transit. $55 million for water and lead line replacement. $65 million for broadband internet access. These resources can be life-changing,” said Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby.

Leaders estimated 40,000 union jobs in Allegheny County will be created over the next few years thanks to the bill.