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Three Disasters Show Gaps in Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

  • Biden ideas might not have helped pipeline, bridge, Texas grid
  • A mix of public and private ownership, all badly maintained
A barge travels along the Mississippi River beneath the Interstate 40 Hernando De Soto Bridge in Memphis, Tennessee on May 14.
A barge travels along the Mississippi River beneath the Interstate 40 Hernando De Soto Bridge in Memphis, Tennessee on May 14.Photographer: Houston Cofield/Bloomberg

Three times this year, major pieces of U.S. infrastructure have failed: first the Texas power grid, then the East Coast’s main gasoline pipeline, then a freeway bridge over the Mississippi River. The crises disrupted businesses and lives, cost billions and left more than 150 Texans dead.

President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion infrastructure package wouldn’t necessarily have prevented any of those failures.