Billions of dollars coming to Ohio for infrastructure

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The new $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will bring billions of dollars to the state of Ohio and its communities.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The biggest chunk of infrastructure money coming to Ohio from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is for roads and bridges, which will get nearly $9.7 billion, according to a fact sheet released by the White House.

The bipartisan law passed by Congress was signed by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15.

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The five-year $1.2 trillion law funds roads and bridges; sewer and water systems, including removal of lead drinking water lines; public transit; airports; ports; expanded broadband internet access; an electric vehicle charger network; electric grid improvements; solar, wind and other clean energy technology; weatherization programs; pollution mitigation; cyberattack protection; wildfire protection and making infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather.

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Some of the money is awarded using existing formulas and others will be available through grants and through programs that are under development.

Here is a partial list of funding Ohio is expected to receive:

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - Impact in Ohio FY 2022-2026 
These are among the projects that will be funded in Ohio under the new $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.  
ProjectFunding amount
Roads and bridges$9.7 billion
Public transportation$1.2 billion
Electric vehicle charger network$140 million
Broadband internetA minimum of $100 million
Wildfire protection$26 million
Cyberattack protection$25 million
Weatherization to reduce energy costsNot specified
Water infrastructure, including removing lead pipes$1.4 billion
Airport infrastructure$253 million
  
Note: Funding is estimated and often based on existing formulas. Governments can apply for additional funds for projects, including roads, bridges and electric vehicle chargers. 
Source: The White House

The infrastructure law includes $550 billion in new spending nationwide, about half of which will go to transportation-related projects, according to an analysis by the National Association of Regional Councils, which represents regional planning organizations.

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The bill does not increase the federal fuel tax, which is a key source of existing federal transportation revenue. The main new funding sources in the law are: repurposed COVID-19 relief funds, delaying a Medicare rebate to pharmacy benefit managers and insurers, profits from auctioning airwave spectrum, new cryptocurrency reporting requirements, extending or reinstating various fees, and the estimated financial impact of policy changes.

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