2021 Smart Talk encore — How will Pa. spend infrastructure money?

  • Scott LaMar
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All this week, WITF presents encore presentations of Smart Talk programs that focused on the important issues of 2021. We continue Thursday with Smart Talk that addressed how Pennsylvania will spend federal infrastructure money.

More than $18 billion will be on its way to Pennsylvania as part of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden earlier this month.

The money will be used to repair, upgrade and modernize highways and roads, bridges, rail and mass transit, airports and water systems. In addition, cleaning up the environment like polluted streams, lead pipes and old gas wells will get attention and broadband internet access will be expanded.

Tuesday’s Smart Talk focuses on Pennsylvania’s infrastructure needs and projects and how the money will be spent.

Appearing on the program are Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell, Larry Shifflet, Deputy Secretary for Planning with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Cathy Farrell, Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Report Card produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Gene Barr, CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

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