Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and LPOEs
GSA Fact Sheet: Land Port Infrastructure Projects Will Strengthen Supply Chains, Create Jobs
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) signed by President Biden makes historic investments in strengthening supply chains, making long-overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads.
The law includes $3.4 billion for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to undertake 26 major construction and modernization projects at land ports of entry. These land port modernization projects will create good-paying local jobs, bolster safety and security, and make the economy more resilient to supply chain challenges – all while serving as models for sustainability and innovation.
With an average age of nearly 40 years, a majority of the country’s land ports of entry are outdated and long overdue for modernization. Most land ports operate at full capacity and have surpassed the needs for which they were designed.
Facilitating Trade and Mitigating Future Supply Chain Challenges
Most of the 26 major modernization projects that will be funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law have elements that will enhance commercial processing capabilities.
Billions of dollars in products cross America’s northern and southern borders every day. Recent supply chain challenges have underscored the importance of strengthening America’s ports, waterways, and freight networks. Commercial capacity at many of our land ports is limited by outdated infrastructure. By modernizing and expanding the commercial capacity of these mission-critical facilities, these land port modernization projects will strengthen local economies and help mitigate against future supply chain challenges.
Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy
Modernizing the country’s land ports will create good-paying jobs for working families and opportunities for small businesses. The $3.4 billion in direct spending by GSA is estimated to support, on average, nearly 6,000 annual jobs over the next 8 years, add $3.23 billion in total labor income across the United States, and contribute an additional $4.5 billion to the National Gross Domestic Product.
Supporting a Secure and Well-Managed Border
These modernization projects will support U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s important mission to safeguard America’s borders and facilitate trade; and advance the Biden-Harris administration’s vision of an orderly, secure, and well-managed border.
For example, many of these modernization projects will allow CBP to more effectively deploy the latest technology to identify high risk activity and shipments, combat drug trafficking, and increase operational security.
Models for Sustainability and Community Engagement
GSA aims to make these projects models for how to make the federal building footprint sustainable and more responsive to the customers and communities we serve.
These projects will:
- Incorporate sustainability features that will sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate environmental impact and simultaneously increase the mission readiness of the federal government by increasing resilience to climate change.
- Catalyze clean energy industries. GSA is planning to use input from industry to shape its deployment of new low-carbon concrete standards for land port of entry projects, including pavement upgrades, that will call for the use of concrete with a 20% lower climate impact, where available.
- Advance community goals. GSA is committed to leveraging these investments in ways that strengthen the livability and vitality of communities, advance state and local community development goals, and create opportunities for local businesses.