Here’s What the Infrastructure Bill Means for Maryland

Maryland to receive billions for roads, bridges, broadband, cybersecurity, transit, and more.

The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes $973 billion over five years from fiscal 2022 through fiscal 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power, broadband, cybersecurity, energy, environmental remediation, resilience, and more.

Source: National Association of Counties (NACo)

According to an analysis by the National Association of Counties (NACo):

IIJA will direct $284 billion in above-baseline spending toward all modes of transportation and $266 billion to other infrastructure sectors.  – nearly 52 percent – toward modernizing and making improvements to transportation infrastructure, with the majority of funding for highways, roads and bridges. Investments would be broken down as follows:

  • Roads & Bridges: $110 billion
  • Transit: $39 billion
  • Rail: $66 billion
  • Safety: $11 billion
  • Airports: $25 billion
  • Ports & Waterways: $17 billion
  • Electric vehicle chargers: $7.5 billion
  • Electric buses: $7.5 billion
  • Reconnecting Communities: $1 billion

What Does the IIJA Mean for Maryland?

Highlights include:

  • Under the IIJA, Maryland will receive approximately $4.1 billion for highway aid and $409 million for bridge replacement and repairs. In addition, Maryland will get an estimated $1.7 billion over the next five years to improve public transit systems across the state.
  • The IIJA includes at least $200 million for Maryland to expand access to high-speed broadband in underserved areas. The legislation also extends the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which discounts monthly broadband bills for low-income households.
  • Maryland will receive $844 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state to ensure clean, safe drinking water. The IIJA also invests $238 million for the health and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • The IIJA includes $158 million for Maryland airports and $63 million for electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Maryland will receive at least $15.9 million to prevent cyberattacks.

Read the complete NACo analysis and stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.

MACo Prioritizing Infrastructure in 2022

Reinvesting in local transportation infrastructure is a 2022 MACo Legislative Initiative. Counties urge the General Assembly to continue advancing toward fully funding local infrastructure – MACo advocates that counties should again receive funding for their lion’s share of transportation infrastructure located in Maryland.

As counties modernize their digital infrastructure, they must weigh the long-term inefficiencies of migrating applications as-is into cloud environments against the immediate financial costs of updating in advance or replacing them altogether. At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Subscribed: Budgeting for the Digital Age,” an expert panel will discuss best practices for counties to understand, control, and manage IT costs.

The 2021 MACo Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” will be held on December 8-10, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

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