DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that will use funds to improve transportation, broadband, and utilities nationwide.
“This thing will give for the first time in decades major, major dollars for big, big projects,” Political Correspondent, Steve Flowers said. “Big road projects, big bridge projects, a big change in the infrastructure of an entire area can be done with this act.”
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Alabama received a C- grade for infrastructure with 11% of roads being considered to be in poor condition, 4% of bridges considered structurally deficient in 2019, and more than 200 dams considered high hazards.
Under this new plan Alabama can expect to see $5.2 billion for federal-aid highway programs and $225 million for bridge replacement.
Currently, at least 565,000 Alabamians lack high-speed internet, this is an issue that is seen all over the state especially in rural areas.
Alabama is expected to see receive a minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage that could benefit the Wiregrass.
“There are areas in the state or the country that are not covered by broadband and that’s why that cost is there,” Flowers said. “That is one of the main things that will help Alabama. Some of the money has gone to transit systems in metropolitan areas up north, this is something that is good for rural areas.”
With this new plan, President Biden hopes this will improve the lives of the American people.
“My message to the American people is this, America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better,” President Biden said.