Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Overview
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
As an owner in the construction industry, having e-Builder in place to digitize and maximize the efficiency of your systems is putting you a step ahead with the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law, now known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL). Whether you are planning to participate in the infrastructure funding as a local government or private organization, you’ll want to know what’s next when it comes to the allocations for the various sectors, expected to begin distribution before the end of 2021 and into early 2022.
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According to the most recent fact sheet from The White House, this bill is one of the largest federal investments ever made. Budgets are potentially doubling or tripling as a result of the infrastructure bill, with several key categories where there is a sharp increase in funding—areas like:
- Mass Transit = $89.9 billion
- Highways, Roads & Bridges = $110 billion
- Utilities / Power = $65 billion
- Water / Wastewater = $105 billion
- Airports, Ports & Harbors = $42 billion
Many of these projects will be considerably larger than owners and operators have seen in their lifetime. For owners taking on these projects, the government approval process will be searching for projects that provide:
- Proof of the efficiency and value of projects
- Complete transparency into the stewardship of funds
- Proof of job creation, socio economic impact, and
- Accountability for every project task, dollar, and outcome
The BIL has approved $39 billion of new investment to repair and modernize transit and approve accessibility for the elderly and people with disabilities. In total, $89.9 billion worth of capital improvements was authorized to transit programs over the next five years, from tackling Amtrak’s repair backlog to building or rebuilding multimodal transit hubs nationwide, making this the largest Federal investment in public transit history.
Highways, Roads and Bridges
The BIL will invest $110 billion for the repair and modernization of critical bridges, highways, roads, and main streets. Additionally, the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials now requires new bridges to be designed to last 75 years, up from 50, to address the 250,000 bridges that stand past their useful life. Including new funding of $40 billion for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation, this investment includes a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, and safety for users.
Utilities / Power
Legislation’s $65 billion investment in clean energy transmission will activate many critical utilities projects, upgrade our power infrastructure, and build thousands of miles of transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy.
The investment also accounts for research and development for advanced transmission and electricity distribution technologies, infrastructure upgrades, and new transmission lines, stressing the need for effective project management and prioritization.
Water / Wastewater
Improvements to the nation’s water infrastructure is a key element of the BIL. Federal funding of $55 billion for investment in clean drinking water is the largest such investment in U.S. history.
Additionally, $50 billion is earmarked for weatherization efforts to protect against droughts, floods, and wildfires. The infrastructure plan also aims to look ahead, with investments in cybersecurity and protection against attacks on these and other vital components of our everyday lives, while also seeking to modernize water systems in rural and disadvantaged communities.
Airports, Ports & Harbors
The $25 billion investment into airports and $17 billion for port improvements will aid in tackling the nation’s backlog on critical infrastructure, including bringing U.S. airports and ports to a competitive level internationally. Additional measures to address and reduce the environmental impact of air, land, and sea travel from coast to coast are included in this funding.
Generally, the goals of the BIL include projects that maximize interoperability with other systems and tools, increase productivity, manage project complexity, reduce delays and cost overruns, minimize reliance on paper, and enhance safety and quality.
While open-ended, the term “advanced digital construction management system” in the BIL basically describes what most professionals refer to as a digital Project Management Information Solution or PMIS for construction. At e-Builder, we offer fully-integrated, owner-centric, cloud-based construction software focused exclusively on meeting the needs of facility owners and construction professionals, with a proven record of supporting infrastructure projects.
As an owner of our nation’s infrastructure, you play a pivotal role in the industry—whether it’s enhancing your current digital workflows and processes, augmenting your staff or shedding light on dark data—e-Builder stands ready to assist.
e-Builder serves as a single source of truth to seamlessly connect all project stakeholders, ensure that your projects are delivered on time and on budget, and organize all documents throughout the design and construction.