Everything you need to know about Biden’s 1.28 trillion-dollar Infrastructure Bill


Christian Buonopane, Editor

Who got this Bill passed?

On Monday, November 16th, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a 1.28 trillion dollar infrastructure into law. The bill drew bipartisan support, from both Democrats and Republicans. Despite President Biden having dwindling poll numbers, as well as the democrats facing crushing defeats in Virginia for governor and near defeats in New Jersey, Biden and his party were still able to celebrate the victorious passage of the bill. Republican Senator Rob Portman from Ohio was vital in the passage of the bill, crossing party lines and speaking at the victory speech at the White House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) flanked Biden as he signed the bill.


What will the money go to specifically?

The bill itself allocates different amounts of money to different areas of improvement. 550 billion dollars will be allocated directly to infrastructure, including roads, mass transit, airports, waterways, and more. 65 billion dollars will be invested in improving the electric grid and water systems. 7.5 billion dollars will be dedicated to building charging stations/ports for electric vehicles. 


Will Massachusetts benefit from this bill?

Yes. Massachusetts is expected to receive at least 9 billion dollars from the bill, with some estimates reaching as high as 12 billion dollars. These dollars will be credited over the course of 5 years, and will focus on key projects in Boston. The notorious, long crumbling Storrow Drive will be a focal point for Massachusetts in regards to spending this money; as many believe Storrow Dr. needs a complete overhaul, as well as an expansion of the Esplanade. Fixing Storrow specifically is expected to cost $100 million, according to Michael Nichols, a representative from the Esplanade Association. The Cape Cod bridges are also expected to be repaired. Other states are also vying for this money, so Massachusetts will have to fight for the funds, although the state is predicted to automatically receive 9 billion dollars, meaning only around 3 billion dollars will be “bid” on, in accordance with estimates from Governor Charlie Baker’s Office.