Nov 17, 2021 - Politics

What the infrastructure bill means for Ohio

Illustration of the state of Ohio, with scaffolding in front.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Ohio is poised to receive billions of dollars in federal funding through the bipartisan infrastructure bill President Biden signed Monday.

Why it matters: The surge of money will touch many aspects of daily life for Ohioans, funding roadwork, bridge repairs, water systems and broadband expansion, among other things.

  • It could bring Amtrak to Columbus, on a proposed route connecting it to Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton. Columbus is the second-largest U.S. city without intercity rail.

By the numbers: The White House compiled a report projecting what Ohio would receive from the $1.2 trillion bill. The highlights:

  • 🚧 $9.2 billion for highway construction projects.
  • 🚰 $1.4 billion to improve water infrastructure, including removing lead pipes that carry drinking water.
  • 🚉 $1.2 billion to improve public transportation options.
  • 🏗️ $483 million for bridge replacements and repairs.
  • ✈️ $253 million to airports.
  • 🔋 $140 million to create a network of electric vehicle charging stations.
  • 💻 At least $100 million to expand broadband access, along with a program that would make internet access more affordable for 28% of Ohio residents, based on income.

How they voted: Both of our senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, supported it.

  • Most Republicans criticized the package for being too expensive and far-reaching.

What they're saying: Portman, the lead Republican negotiator, spoke at Monday's bill signing ceremony and called for more bipartisan legislation like it.

  • "We can start by recognizing that finding common ground to advance the interests of the American people should be rewarded, not attacked," he said.

What's next: Local and state leaders will need to approve specific details on how they want to use the funds.

  • And Vice President Kamala Harris will be in town on Friday to tout the bill's benefits.
  • We're still awaiting details on her plans and will update you when we know more.

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