WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will visit an 82-year-old steel bridge in rural New Hampshire on Tuesday, which he cited as an example of how his biggest legislative victory to date will benefit communities.
One day after signing the bipartisan agreement that will pump billions into securing the country’s roads, bridges, airports and seaports, Biden is scheduled to visit the bridge in the town of Woodstock, off State Route 175, and the Pemigewasset River.
Since 2013, the bridge has been on the New Hampshire Red List for state bridges that are “structurally defective” and have to be checked twice a year because of their poor condition. The city is located in Grafton County and has just over 1,000 residents, according to the state government.
In his remarks at the signing of the law on Monday at the White House, Biden previewed his journey, saying that the Woodstock bridge is “structurally unsafe like thousands of bridges across America.”
“That’s what this law is about: making communities safer and more efficient,” he said.
Biden’s visit comes after Republican state governor Chris Sununu said he would not run for the US Senate. Sununu was a top GOP recruit to take on incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan, and his decision to seek re-election instead struck the party’s hopes of regaining control of the Senate. Polls have shown that Hassan faces a tough challenge.
Monday’s trip is one in a series that Biden and other key White House officials are planning across the country to sell the benefits of the Infrastructure Act. Biden said he will head to Detroit on Wednesday to meet with UAW employees who are building the next generation of electric cars.
Biden said Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, along with First Lady Jill Biden and cabinet officials, will make a similar push.
“This law makes this the most significant investment in roads and bridges in the last 70 years,” said Biden on Monday. “It is the most significant investment in passenger rail transport in the last 50 years and in local public transport of all time.”
The infrastructure package includes more than $ 550 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, transit, water and broadband internet. The bipartisan plan was passed by the Senate in August and the House of Representatives this month.