U.S. President Joe Biden visited the site of a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh on Friday, promising that the government will take an action with infrastructure law.
During an official trip to the city to promote an infrastructure package, Biden surveyed the damage, thanking first responders while speaking with local officials.
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“We’re going to fix them all. Not a joke, this is going to be a gigantic change,” Biden affirmed, noting that the collapsed bridge in Frick Park had been rated in poor condition for 10 years.
The Department of Transportation revealed that Pennsylvania is set to receive $327 million in funding for bridges this fiscal year and a total of $1.6 billion over the next five years.
“There are another 3,300 bridges here in Pennsylvania, some of which are just as old and in just as decrepit condition as that bridge was, including here in Pittsburgh, the city of bridges,” Biden said. “There’s 43,000 nationwide and we’re sending the money.”
Following his trip to the collapsed bridge, the president visited Mill 19 in Pittsburgh, which was once a major metals producer and has now shifted its focus to developing technology for artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics.
“After my first year, I wanted to come back to Pittsburgh. This is my third time here in this facility to take stock of what we’ve accomplished together and look forward to the extraordinary opportunities that lie ahead for Pittsburgh and America if we continue to do our job,” he stated.
In the same vein, Pittsburgh officials pointed out that they were still investigating the cause of the bridge collapse, which injured 10 people.
“At the end of the day, this is critical. We need to get this funding and we are glad to have the president coming today,” mayor Ed Gainey said Friday at a press conference.