What the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is Delivering for Delaware

US Infrastructure Bill will revitalize Delaware’s transportation systems

September 21, 2023

The November 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, spearheaded by President Biden and Vice President Harris, promises to revitalize Delaware’s transportation systems. With a focus on climate change mitigation, safety, equity, and resilience, this historic legislation is set to usher in a new era of progress for Delaware’s public transportation.

Repairing and Rebuilding Roads and Bridges will revitalize Delaware’s surface transportation systems

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law addresses the dire state of Delaware’s roads and bridges. With 19 bridges and over 253 miles of highways needing repair, this legislation is the largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system. Delaware stands to receive approximately $1.4 billion over five years for highway and bridge repairs, representing a significant increase in federal funding. In addition, Delaware can also expect to receive approximately $27 million over five years in formula funding to reduce transportation-related emissions.

Enhancing Safety

Safety is a crucial aspect of the transportation infrastructure. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests billions directly into improving roadway safety, which also installs programs to help improve driver behavior, and reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes. Local governments can also access funding through the Safe Streets for All program to reduce crashes and fatalities, with a particular focus on protecting cyclists and pedestrians.

Improving Public Transportation will revitalize Delaware’s public transportation systems

By increasing accessibility and efficiency, Delaware aims to promote sustainable transportation while improving equity in communities where non-White households are more likely to depend on public transit. The state is expected to receive approximately $186 million over five years to enhance public transportation options and address the outdated transit vehicles and help reduce commuting times for residents.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law emphasizes the need to transition to electric vehicles (EVs) to combat the climate crisis. To support this shift, Delaware will receive around $18 million over five years to expand its EV charging network. This funding is part of a $7.5 billion national investment to build the first-ever EV charger network across the United States. By encouraging the adoption of EVs, Delaware will reduce carbon emissions and support domestic manufacturing jobs.

Modernizing Rail and Air Travel

The law includes significant investments in passenger and freight rail, benefiting Delaware’s transportation system. The provision of $102 billion aims to eliminate the Amtrak maintenance backlog and modernize the Northeast Corridor while extending rail service to areas beyond the northeast and mid-Atlantic. In addition, Delaware’s airports will receive approximately $6 million over five years for infrastructure development, ensuring the improvement of runways, terminal development, airfield safety, and noise reduction projects.

Revitalizing Delaware’s infrastructure and transportation systems

In conclusion, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law brings a new light to Delaware’s transportation infrastructure, addressing long-standing issues and driving progress across various sectors. With substantial funding allocations for road and bridge repairs, safety enhancements, public transportation improvements, EV infrastructure, and rail and air travel modernization, Delaware is poised for a transformative era. These investments will create good-paying jobs, enhance safety, reduce commute times, and promote sustainable transportation options, ultimately improving the lives of Delaware residents.

United States of America Department of Transportation. (2022 April). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Will Deliver for Delaware. https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2022-01/BIL_Delaware.pdf

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