The real election winner: Infrastructure

The U.S. interstate highway system, celebrating its 60th birthday this year, is showing its age.

Many roads and bridges are in need of repair or expansion. Similar concerns exist for public drinking and wastewater systems, dams and levees, airports, railroads and mass transit systems.

Politicians generally agree the nation’s infrastructure is in need of improvement.

Deciding how to pay for the work and which projects should take priority is more difficult.

During the run up to the election, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton said a staggering amount of money is going to be spent on infrastructure — if Congress goes along.

Clinton has proposed spending $250 billion over the next five years on infrastructure. Her proposals call for repairing and improving roads and bridges, expanding public transit, making affordable high-speed Internet access available to all households by 2020 and modernizing passenger rail systems, airports, dams, levees and wastewater systems. Clinton also proposes directing $25 billion over five years to a new national infrastructure bank, which she said could support about $225 billion in loans for local infrastructure projects. A similar lending bank was proposed by President Barack Obama during his first term but failed to win congressional approval.

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