President Biden signs bill that has local leaders developing infrastructure projects

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After President Joe Biden signed a bill this week for $1 trillion to go toward infrastructure, local officials are preparing to advance the quality of life in the community.

Indiana Senator Jon Ford said his main priority is making improvements to roadways.

“When we talk about widening I-70 we’re talking about a cost of roughly $15 million per mile,” Ford said. “It’s on INDOT’s list to do but it’s just a matter of funding. So my hope is that a lot of this funding can go to our interstates here in Indiana.”

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said another area in need is access to broadband internet.

“There needs to be much more capability but it’s an economic development tool,” Bennett said. “Your community wants to be able to tout itself as having broadband accessible all across the county. Businesses that locate here want to make sure there’s plenty of bandwidth here in the community to do all the things they need to at that corporate level.”

Bennett said these projects take time and wants the community to know there are steps that have to be complete before physical work can begin.

“There going to allow us to utilize some of these projects to do that design work,” Bennett said. “That environmental work, the property acquisition. All that pre-project work. So then they will agree to that, then obviously they’ve agreed to the project.”

Moving forward, both Ford and Bennett said they are optimistic these projects will help advance the state and local communities.

“It definitely will help us further our advancement here in Indiana,” Ford said. “A lot of management that we’re doing with these federal dollars and state dollars to improve infrastructure I think will have a long term lasting affect on our economy.”

Senator Ford added that there is no indication has been made about when these funds will be distributed to the state from the federal level. Once cities begin to receive those funds, both officials say they are eager to begin work.

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