Biden, senators reach $579 billion infrastructure deal

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Updated Jun 28, 2021

Trucking news and briefs for Monday, June 28, 2021:

$109 billion allocated for roads, bridges in bipartisan infrastructure deal

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that he and a bipartisan group of 10 senators struck a $579 billion deal on infrastructure that includes $109 billion for roads, bridges and major projects. Combining the new spending outlined in the framework with baseline spending, the deal is worth $973 billion over five years and $1.2 trillion over eight years.

Overall, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework would provide $312 billion for transportation projects and another $266 billion for other infrastructure projects, such as water infrastructure, broadband, environmental projects and more.

Roads and bridges get the biggest slice of the pie, $109 billion. The framework also provides $11 billion for safety, $7.5 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure and $16 billion for ports and waterways. Other funding is allocated to public transit, passenger and freight rail and airports.

The Biden administration said the framework would be financed through "closing the tax gap, redirecting unspent emergency relief funds, targeted corporate user fees, and the macroeconomic impact of infrastructure investment.”

The deal will need to pass the House and Senate before returning to Biden’s desk to be signed.

Suttles Truck Leasing, LSP Transport recognized by NTTC

LSP Transport of Bryan, Texas, and Suttles Truck Leasing of Demopolis, Alabama, were named the 2020 North American Safety Champions by the National Tank Truck Carriers at NTTC’s 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibits in Indianapolis.

LSP Transport has 20 years of experience in the chemical transportation industry. The company, which had operated under a different name until 2015, became a wholly owned subsidiary of LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. (LSPI) and is now a private fleet dedicated to delivering product for LSPI. The company’s safety program is managed by Joe Maple, who serves as LSP’s HSE Transportation Manager, where the safety of drivers, the community, and the environment is a core value.

Suttles Truck Leasing, part of the Dana family of companies, was acquired in November 1999. Suttles operates over 20 million miles annually, providing a wide variety of products and services ranging from hazardous commodity hauling to tank wash facilities to equipment leasing. Suttles Truck Leasing’s safety culture is spearheaded by Gene Patten, where a culture of placing safety of their associates, customers, and general public is the number one priority.

“Congratulations to the achievements of both Suttles Truck Leasing and LSP Transport,” said NTTC President & CEO Ryan Streblow. “This year’s contest was impressively competitive across all mileage classes; both of these operations should be extremely proud. Almost 75% of carriers in the contest had improved DOT frequencies over the previous year. With Heil’s continued support, we’re pleased to recognize the incredible safety performance of LSP Transport and Suttles Truck Leasing.”