Trump: $1 trillion plan will fix 'crumbling' waterways infrastructure

(CINCINNATI, Ohio) — Against a backdrop of Ohio River coal barges, President Trump on Wednesday touted his $1 trillion infrastructure plan to fix "crumbling" locks and dams and make other waterway improvements, reported.

Speaking at a Cincinnati marina, Trump vowed that his plan would have "jobs and wealth flood into the heartland" of America. He didn't provide specifics about the proposal, however, which would rely mostly on cash from public-private partnerships and state and local governments.  

Trump has consistently said that the nation's coal, iron, and steel industries need help. Improving inland waterway infrastructure, he said, will help ensure that these industries can get their goods to market. He painted a dire picture of the nation's locks, dams, and bridges, saying maintenance has been "massively underfunded."

The president's plan calls for $200 billion in federal funding over 10 years; another $800 billion would come from the private sector and state and local governments. Trump didn't mention any specific projects by name.

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By Professional Mariner Staff