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 https://transportation.house.gov.
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The federal government is pledging significant funding for the addition of new express lanes on Ga. 400.
In a news release, Rep. Rob Woodall, who represents portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, announced this week the U.S. Department of Transportation will announce $184 million in Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grant funds for the Georgia Department of Transportation for the construction of the express lanes.
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.