PENNSYLVANIA — This week, cities across the commonwealth are already seeing the benefits of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Among the many improvements to PA’s infrastructure include: more than $240 million for drinking water systems, $2.5 million for Wilkes Barre/Scranton International Airport and strong investments in new electric vehicle charging stations. Local residents and businesses say this funding from Biden’s Infrastructure Law will allow them to improve local drinking water and airports, while not having to pass the costs on to their customers.
The money will target disadvantaged communities, seeking rapid progress on lead-free drinking water for all and combating chemical contaminants.
Local water authorities are expected to use the federal funding for an array of projects.
“We knew there was money for water in the infrastructure bill, and that made us very happy,” said James Matta, manager of the New Kensington water authority.
The authority serves 15,000 customers in New Kensington, Arnold, Lower Burrell, Allegheny Township, Upper Burrell and part of Washington Township.
“When we receive grant money to improve infrastructure, we don’t have to pass the costs on to our customers,” he said.
AVOCA — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright Wednesday announced that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) will receive an additional $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
Cartwright, D-Moosic, said the allocation comes from a $25 billion investment over the next five years authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Carl R. Beardsley, Jr., the airport’s Executive Director, said, “AVP continues to be a vital regional asset, and these funds will assist airport management with necessary terminal, runway and access improvements. We will be working closely with the FAA to understand the impact this bill will have on AVP.”
Vice President Kamala Harris says the White House has a plan to build half a million new electric vehicle charging stations across the country.[…]
It’s all part of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law that passed last month. The goal is to make electric cars more convenient — and more affordable — across the U.S.
That’s already starting in Pennsylvania.
Just last week at Albright College in Reading, the school announced it’s going to become the first place in Reading to offer public charging stations for anyone who wants to plug in. They’re hoping to have things up and running by March.
In addition, at the end of this week, a supercharger station will be announced in Warren County, New Jersey.