City leaders hope Duluth will see funding for infrastructure

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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) –President Joe Biden is visiting Minnesota on Tuesday to tout his recently passed $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Minnesota is expected to receive just under $ 1 billion from this funding.

City of Duluth leaders are hopeful that the region’s eclectic mix of industries will attract big investments when state leaders decide where in Minnesota this federal money will go.

“Infrastructure is the backbone of our city, and in Duluth we have unique needs, unique topography and unique economy,” said Arik Forsman, Duluth City Councilor.

“From port infrastructure to the built environment, we are a great case study for federal investment at the municipal level,” said Mayor Emily Larson. “Every area of ​​infrastructure finance is here. “

Forsman and Larson hope the funding can be used to maintain the lift bridge, which they say is one of the city’s most recognizable features.

The mayor would like to see $ 13-15 million to help maintain the lift bridge.

Forsman and Larson would also like to replace old town pipes, improve roads and broadband access.

“This goes a long way in ensuring that our city is livable and achievable and that it contains to thrive and I am truly thrilled to get our fair share of the pie,” said Forsman.

City leaders aren’t sure exactly how much funding Duluth will receive, but they are confident the state will see how important that funding could be to Duluth.

“The infrastructure bill, I think, is a truly revolutionary opportunity for our community,” Larson said.

According to a White House report, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Minnesota a “C” rating in its infrastructure newsletter during its most recent review in 2018.

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