Woodall Statement on Federal Response to I-85 Bridge Collapse
Lawrenceville, GA – Today, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07), who serves on the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement regarding the federal response efforts and partnership with Georgia and local authorities to address the Interstate 85 fire and bridge collapse. Rep. Woodall has been in contact with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao throughout the process, and Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Highway Administration Butch Waidelich and Senior Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation James Ray are among those already on the ground in Georgia working closely with Governor Deal and state officials. It was announced this afternoon that Georgia has been granted $10 million in emergency repair funds by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“Above all else, I’m thankful there was no loss of life or injuries, and am grateful to all of our first responders for their tremendous work,” said Woodall. “Their rapid response undoubtedly saved lives. Assessing and repairing damages will take time, but throughout the process I’m committed to assisting Governor Deal, the City of Atlanta, and all those involved in the restoration in every way that I can. I very much appreciate the partnership and quick response of Secretary Chao and all those at the U.S. Department of Transportation.”
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.