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What Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Means For Iowa

Biden Infrastructure
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Workers toil on a project to replace old water lines under Main Street as part of work to update water and sewer systems as well as prepare the road for the expansion of a street car line in Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday, March 30, 2021. Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another of his top legislative priorities with a long-sought boost to the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could meet GOP resistance to a hefty price tag. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

President Joe Biden unveiled a more than $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package this week. The plan aims to revitalize a whole slew of things, from transportation infrastructure to water systems, broadband and manufacturing, among many other goals.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with a variety of engineers from across the state whose work focuses on energy, roads and bridges. They’ll discuss Iowa’s infrastructure needs and how Iowa can benefit from President Biden’s infrastructure plan.


  • Jerry Schnoor, environmental engineering, Co-Director, Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, University of Iowa
  • Jim McCalley, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering and Jack London Chair in Power Systems Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Jim Nelson, director of the bridges and structures bureau, Iowa DOT
  • Dan McGehee, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, director, National Advanced Driving Simulator, University of Iowa
  • Shauna Hallmark, director, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University


Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa