White House says $185 bln in infrastructure funds released to date

The White House on Friday said it has released $185 billion in funding from the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that seeks to fix crumbling roads, expand broadband internet, replace lead pipes and improve the electrical grid.

White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu said the administration had already identified 6,200 projects for funding and hired more than 3,000 new federal workers to oversee the massive five-year infrastructure spending law signed by President Joe Biden in November 2021.

“There’s a lot of pressure to go fast and to do more,” Landrieu told reporters, saying the administration had gotten about one-fifth of the funds in the first year “out the door… I think our pace is pretty good.”

The department plans to soon award MEGA, RURAL and Bridge investment large grants after previously announcing $3.7 billion for various projects.