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Biden's infrastructure plans could bring billions of dollars to Minnesota


March 29, 2021

ALEX KORMANN • Star Tribune

Replacing the 60-year-old Blatnik Bridge connecting Duluth and Superior, Wis., could run upward of $1 billion, state officials say.

Billions of dollars for public construction projects would come raining down on Minnesota in the coming years if President Joe Biden's push for a massive infrastructure package is successful.

Fresh off passing $1.9 trillion in COVID relief, the new Democratic White House is turning next to an even more ambitious spending proposal. The Biden administration is briefing congressional allies and interest groups on hopes for at least $3 trillion in new federal money for a range of domestic priorities, including $1 trillion for roads, bridges and other transportation projects nationwide.

"We're standing on the edge of what could be the most exciting time in terms of transportation infrastructure in at least 50 years," said Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Her national counterpart, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, is selling Biden's plans in historic terms: "This is a moment the likes of which we haven't seen since President Eisenhower implemented the interstate highway plan," he said in a recent speech.


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