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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Transportation

Downtown Buford, GA

I-85 runs right through the heart of the Seventh District of Georgia and its residents rely heavily on GA-316, GA-400, and US-78.  Millions of cars travel up and down I-85 to and from people's work in Atlanta to their homes in Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties.  Without these resources, growth and prosperity in our area would be unimaginable.

Of course, the interstate highway system is but one part of our nation's transportation infrastructure – roads, bridges, ports, railroads, and airplanes are all vital transportation resources that keep our economy moving forward. In fact, one single port deepening project at our state's Savannah Harbor is worth an estimated $115 million annually in added economic benefits to the country.  A well-functioning air traffic control system can avert potential airplane disasters and save time and money by drastically reducing air travel delays. Integrated railway systems can reduce our use of fossil fuels, thereby saving Americans millions of dollars every year on high fuel costs for transporting goods across the country.

A comprehensive transportation policy that integrates the needs of the federal government with that of state and local transportation agencies is essential to our nation's economic future. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will work with my colleagues in the House to pass common-sense legislation that relies more on innovation and careful use of our scarce financial resources than on tax increases.

A crucial part of viable transportation policy is returning as many transportation decisions and dollars to the states.  It is only at the local level that our dollars can be put to the highest and best use. In the meantime, the federal government must be responsible stewards of transportation money moving forward.

To learn more about transportation issues, please visit the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee website at http://transportation.house.gov.

More on Transportation

April 18, 2017 In The News

Local congressmen praised Georgia Department of Transportation officials for their work to quickly rebuild and re-open Interstate 85 in Atlanta after a tour of the construction site on Friday.

Two of Gwinnett’s three U.S. representatives, Hank Johnson and Rob Woodall, visited the site with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., to get an in-person look at how the rebuilding work is going. Johnson and Woodall are members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee.

March 31, 2017 Press Release
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.
November 28, 2016 In The News
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) visited ASC Construction Equipment in Buford, Ga., on Nov. 10.
October 28, 2016 In The News

The five-year transportation bill signed into law in December by President Barack Obama after getting bipartisan support in Congress is notable for being the first transportation bill enacted since the 1990s, Georgia Republican Rep. Rob Woodall told a small group gathered Wednesday at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce for a transportation forum.

But, said Woodall, who represents an eastern metropolitan Atlanta district, the $305 billion the bill apportions among the 50 states isn’t a particularly noteworthy expenditure in terms of the country’s transportation needs.

October 26, 2016 In The News

VALDOSTA — U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall visited Valdosta on Tuesday to discuss transportation issues with local leaders and transportation experts.

Woodall represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District and is a member of the United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. His visit to Valdosta is part of a seven-city tour to highlight two federal acts: the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.

September 28, 2016 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5303, the “Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA)” addressing the needs of America’s ports, dams, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure. The legislation builds upon the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), restoring the two-year cycle of authorizing water policy and equipping the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers with the tools needed to move forward on billions of dollars’ worth of water projects – including ongoing expansion of the Savannah Harbor and feasibility studies for the Port of Brunswick. Seventh District Representative Rob Woodall serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee responsible for crafting the bill, and successfully led the measure through the House, managing debate for its consideration.
July 18, 2016 In The News
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall praised legislation passed by the House and Senate this week that reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration for a little over a year.
July 15, 2016 Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – This week, both the House and Senate cleared a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through September 2017, and the measure is expected to be signed into law by the President today. The legislation is an extension of operational funding without increasing federal spending, and enacts long-term policy reforms to strengthen national security, improve air travel for persons with disabilities, shorten wait times, and among other things, require airlines to reimburse passengers with lost luggage.
July 6, 2016 Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – As a result of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act signed into law last year, the Port of Savannah will receive $44,000,000 for reconfiguration and improvement of its on-dock container transfer facilities to bring rail switching activities inside the Port. The funds were awarded through the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP) Program, which established a competitive grant program known as Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE).