By Humberto Sanchez/The Nevada Independent

Nevada is poised to receive more than $4 billion over five years for highways, transit, broadband, airports and drought mitigation under the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package recently approved by the House and sent to President Joe Biden for his signature.

At a press conference Saturday, Biden called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act “a once-in-a-generation investment that’s going to create millions of jobs modernizing our infrastructure — our roads, our bridges, our broadband, a whole range of things.”

He said he plans to sign the measure soon, possibly after the House and Senate return from their recess next week.

House approval of the bill came after Congress approved a stopgap spending measure to temporarily extend the nation’s surface transportation program, which had been set to expire at the end of September. The federal infrastructure bill includes $110 billion for roads and bridges, $39.2 billion for transit systems, $25 billion for airports and $65 billion for broadband.

Nevada’s $4 billion share is considerable. The state’s take is comparable to neighbor Utah, which received $3.9 billion. But it was more than Idaho’s share of $3 billion and Wyoming’s $2.5 billion.

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