On Thursday, President Joe Biden is set to travel to Wisconsin to unveil almost $5 billion in federal funding for the initiation of 37 significant transportation initiatives nationwide.
Among the government’s investments is over $1 billion designated for the replacement of the Blatnik Bridge, a 63-year-old structure spanning the St. Louis River and linking Duluth, Minnesota, with Superior, Wisconsin. President Biden will address this development during his visit to Wisconsin on Thursday.
According to UPI, during the stop in Superior, the president was expected to meet with an area business owner who would speak to the crucial role of the bridge in driving economic activity in the region.
The new span will feature bigger weight capacity to accommodate freight, and wider shoulders to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
Biden will use the visit to call attention to the expansion of infrastructure under his legislative agenda, as well as a clean energy and manufacturing boom that was serving to create jobs and spur the economy, the White House said.
Biden’s latest stop in the state recalled his visit to the area in March 2022, when he first emphasized the impact of his infrastructure law, saying, “after years of talking about infrastructure, we’re finally getting it done.”