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Infrastructure bill will send billions to Minnesota


November 10, 2021

Traffic navigates through the construction from the Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project. The $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill will pay for roads, bridge and transit improvements in Minnesota as well as provide cash for broadband internet and electric car charging stations. William Lager | MPR News 2016

A truckload of federal cash is headed Minnesota's way once President Joe Biden signs the infrastructure bill Congress passed late last week. The state is in line for billions of dollars for highways, transit, and bridges as well as broadband internet and electric car charging stations. But it will take a few years for the money to roll out, and the specifics of how it will be spent remain to be determined.

The numbers are stunning. According to the White House, there's $4.5 billion coming to the state for highways, $302 million for bridge replacement and repairs and $818 million for public transportation. There's at least $100 million for broadband internet expansion in communities around the state. And there's $68 million for electric vehicle charging stations. There's also money for water treatment facilities and improvements at airports.

"We will start to hopefully see money maybe late this year, but early next year," said Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who will play a key role in how most of the infrastructure money is spent.


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