USA’s Infrastructure Bill Passes

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President Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill has passed through Congress, and many are excited to see the improvements that will be made over the coming years.  Not only does the spending package promise repairs to aging infrastructure throughout the USA, it also supplies funding for a variety of projects aimed at updating aspects of the country to adapt to changes in transportation and work.

Included in the package is money for electric vehicle charging stations so that consumers will be better able to take advantage of emerging green vehicle technology.  Biden wants to see electric vehicle use increase in the coming years, so the construction of new charging stations will make these vehicles more feasible for the average American.

There is also money for increases to the internet grid.  The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of a reliable internet connection for many people, and the USA wants to see internet access roll out throughout remote and underserviced areas of the USA to give everyone access to this now-essential service.

For those in the trucking industry, perhaps the greatest benefit to this infrastructure investment spending will be the updating of aging infrastructure.  Many bridges and roads throughout the USA are in need of repair, and some serious spending is needed to get certain aspects of the interstate highway system up to date.

However, many in the trucking industry are also very disappointed to see no funds allocated specifically for truck parking.  Many of the congested and busy areas of the USA – especially along the East and West coasts – suffer from long-term shortages in truck parking, and hopes of this problem being addressed in a meaningful sense appear to be dashed.

Regardless, though, infrastructure improvements are necessary projects, and this bill does mean that road construction will be strong in the years to come.