The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents a landmark commitment to revitalize America’s infrastructure, with Wisconsin set to significantly benefit from this initiative. Wisconsin’s infrastructure, rated a ‘C’ by the American Society of Civil Engineers, is poised for substantial improvements. The Act is designed to address various critical needs across the state, from roads and bridges to public transportation and internet access.

For roads and bridges, Wisconsin is expected to receive $5.2 billion for federal-aid highway programs and $225 million for bridge repairs over five years, targeting 979 bridges and over 1,949 miles of highway currently in poor condition. This investment aims to mitigate climate change impacts, enhance resilience, and ensure equity and safety for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, $312 billion is allocated nationally for transportation infrastructure, including a historic $110 billion for roads and bridges.

Public transportation in Wisconsin, where disparities in commute times and access are notable, will see a $592 million boost to enhance services and connectivity. This is crucial for residents who rely on public transport, significantly non-White households.

Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure will receive a significant push, with Wisconsin expected to get $79 million over five years to expand its EV charging network. This is part of a broader $7.5 billion federal investment to establish a national network of EV chargers.

Internet connectivity is another key area, with $100 million allocated to Wisconsin to improve broadband coverage, aiming to reach at least 318,000 residents currently without access. Additionally, 1,246,000 Wisconsinites will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, supporting internet access for low-income families.

The Act also focuses on climate resilience, cybersecurity, and weather event preparedness, with Wisconsin receiving funds to protect against wildfires, cyberattacks, and the effects of extreme weather. Furthermore, $841 million will go towards ensuring clean, safe drinking water, addressing the challenge of lead contamination in water systems.

Lastly, Wisconsin’s airports are set to receive approximately $198 million over five years for infrastructure development, aiming to modernize and enhance efficiency.

Overall, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is poised to transform Wisconsin’s infrastructure landscape, making it more resilient, equitable, and sustainable, while creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.