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Local leaders tout benefits of federal infrastructure bill

America’s crumbling infrastructure could soon see major improvements. A $1.2 trillion infrastructure package was signed Monday by President Joe Biden.

The bipartisan bill includes money for roads, bridges, transportation, clean drinking water, access to high-speed internet and more.

“We haven't seen this level of investment in infrastructure in a very, very long time,” San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria touts the benefits of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill singed by President Joe Biden, Nov. 15, 2021.
Nic McVicker
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria touts the benefits of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill singed by President Joe Biden, Nov. 15, 2021.

Gloria said the signing is a monumental day for the country and the county.

He said the money will help address some of San Diego's urgent needs.

“Invest in our existing infrastructure, repair potholes, bridges and other things that need tending to," he said. "But we can also make smart investments that actually address sustainability and equity in ways that we couldn't do before.”

The bill also includes billions to improve the electrical grid, fight climate change, and build a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

It’s a trajectory in line with San Diego’s Climate Action Plan.

“We have a lot of projects that are ready to go, here in San Diego and we will have more when we pass our new regional and transportation plan that similarly considers sustainability and equity. Things like that will ensure that we get more dollars here in San Diego,” Gloria said.

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said he’s ready to see major projects that will create jobs.

“These are good jobs and we are building the foundation upon which we live," he said. "I think this is the right thing to invest in. We just want to get the funds here, we want to get them on the ground, start working and improve their lives."