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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Outlines Ohio’s Outstanding Infrastructure Needs

Apr 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) is highlighting a new fact sheet from the White House that illustrates the immediate infrastructure needs across the State of Ohio. The document details the number of bridges and miles of road rated in ‘poor condition,’ the tens of billions of dollars required for affordable housing, public transportation and water infrastructure, as well as the percentage of households without access to broadband, and more. These eye-opening statistics underscore the importance of the American Jobs Plan, a once-in-a-century investment package that will create millions of good paying jobs, guarantee America can out-compete every other country in the world, and lay the foundation for broad, bold economic growth for decades to come.  

“To unlock Ohio’s full potential, we must build up the systems and structures that support our economy,” Beatty said. “The American Jobs Plan provides the roadmap, making historic investments in our roads and bridges, affordable housing, childcare, manufacturing sector, veterans’ healthcare, and public transportation network.” She added, “Now is the time to act boldly—we can’t go backward—so I look forward to working with my congressional colleagues to pass the American Jobs Plan and make a down payment on an even brighter future.”

According to the Biden-Harris Administration’s fact sheet, the State of Ohio received a C- grade on American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card, facing many deficiencies that require immediate attention. In addition, the report found that:

  • 4,925 miles of road and 1,377 bridges are in need of repair.
  • 681,000 Ohioans are paying over 30 percent of their income in rent.
  • 39 percent of Ohio families have few or no childcare options in their communities, preventing parents from joining the workforce.
  • An average low-income family in Ohio currently pays nearly 10 percent of their income toward energy bills because their home has not been sufficiently weatherized.
  • 6.2 percent of Ohio households are without access to broadband.
  • Ohio needs $13.4 billion in modernization costs to ensure safe drinking water.

The full fact sheet can be accessed on Beatty’s website.