MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On the heels of his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Joe Biden will travel to Superior, Wis., to tout the federal infrastructure law that will bring billions to Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the interchange that connects the two states.
He will land in Duluth and deliver a speech at the University of Wisconsin-Higher on Wednesday afternoon.
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Mitch Landrieu, senior adviser to the president and infrastructure coordinator, said Biden’s choice for the visit was deliberate, calling it “symbolic.” The Twin Ports are an example of two communities connected by infrastructure with the Blatnik Bridge.
“It is a very important link, because it is connected to two ports. It’s right next to the Great Lakes,” he said. “All of these things are part of rebuilding America in a big way that’s going to cut people’s costs, make their lives more efficient, give them access to the emergency pathways they need.”
Minnesota and Wisconsin will each receive billions from the infrastructure law, which was passed with bipartisan support late last year.
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The Twin Ports interchange, which sees 80,000 vehicles pass through dailyis a project poised to get a federal funding boost, which Biden highlighted during his visit to Rosemount in November.
“The bill is selling because most Americans agree it’s a long-overdue investment,” said Landrieu, who was mayor of New Orleans during post-recovery efforts. Hurricane Katrina.
Minnesota alone expects $7.3 billion from the $1.2 trillion law, more than 80% of which requires state dollar matching, according to an estimate by Minnesota Management and Budget. It’s money for roads, bridges, public transit, airports, broadband and more. Most of the funds going to Minnesota are for roads and bridges.
There’s $1 billion in the act to clean up the Great Lakes and restore degraded sites, including Lake Superior.
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Biden’s visit comes in an election year where the president’s approval ratings are below 50% and Democrats are trying to shore up support to keep control of Congress.