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Trump to visit Ohio to pitch $1.5T U.S. infrastructure plan

By Ed Adamczyk
Trump to visit Ohio to pitch $1.5T U.S. infrastructure plan
President Donald Trump outlines his U.S. infrastructure plan during a rally at the Rivertowne Marina -- with the Ohio River in the background -- in Cincinnati on June 7. Thursday, the president will travel to the Cleveland area to push for the $1.5 trillion proposal. File Photo by Tom Uhlman/UPI | License Photo

March 28 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to northern Ohio to promote his ambitious, trillion-dollar plan to upgrade the nation's roadways, airports and bridges, the White House said Wednesday.

The president's speech -- set for an audience of local workers at a Cleveland-area engineers' training site in Richfield on Thursday -- is billed as an opportunity for Trump to explain his vision for rebuilding America.

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Trump's infrastructure program is a key element of his agenda to improve the domestic economy. In February, speaking before a meeting of House, Senate and Cabinet members, he expressed optimism that Congress would approve the $1.5 trillion proposal.

The package calls for the repair and replacement of some U.S. highways, bridges and airports by committing $200 billion in federal funding over the next decade.

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Grants to secure local and private funding account for $100 billion of the plan, and another $50 billion will be spent on rural needs, to be determined by each state. Another $20 billion is reserved for what the administration calls "technical assistance for bold, innovative, and transformative" measures intended to dramatically improve the national infrastructure.

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Trump's plan notably shifts much of the financial burden, normally assumed by the federal government, onto state and local governments, and private investors.

Ohio is an example of a state that assumed infrastructure burdens normally undertaken by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.

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During a conference call with reporters, a White House spokesman cited upgrades to Ohio's Interstate 71 interchange, saying the state shortened the project approval time from a typical 64 months to 28 months.

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