$2.2 million total in new federal funds from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will enhance pedestrian safety, increase connectivity
Investments reflect Senators’ commitment to upgrading transportation infrastructure across Georgia
Senator Reverend Warnock: “These new investments in the transportation infrastructure of two of Georgia’s most populous counties are the result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law I have long championed”
ICYMI: Gwinnett Daily Post: Warnock, Ossoff announce federal grant to help fund safety improvements along Singleton Road
Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) announced that they are delivering $2.2 million in federal funding for transportation infrastructure upgrades in two of Georgia’s most populous counties, Gwinnett and Chatham. The funds were awarded by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program, which was authorized through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law–championed by both Senators. The SMART program was established to provide grants for projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety.
“These new investments that will strengthen the infrastructure of two of Georgia’s most populous counties are the result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Senator Ossoff and I championed,” said Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock. “From metro Atlanta to the coastline and in between, I will continue to work to deliver even more investments to upgrade our state’s infrastructure so Georgians can have safer communities and stronger connectivity.”
“Senator Warnock and I are delivering these upgrades through the bipartisan infrastructure law to keep families safe and make it easier to get around town,” said Senator Jon Ossoff. “Our bipartisan infrastructure law will deliver long-overdue upgrades to Georgia’s infrastructure for years to come.”
Last year, Senator Reverend Warnock penned a letter to the DOT in support of Gwinnett County’s grant bid. The $1 million in funds for the county will be used to employ innovative, technology-based pedestrian safety solutions along Singleton Road, a multimodal corridor that has experienced several pedestrian incidents since 2018. The installation of pedestrian hybrid beacons will help facilitate pedestrian crossing; additionally, funds will bolster connected vehicle technology to inform drivers of increased boarding at bus stops along the corridor.
Gwinnett has become one of the largest and most diverse counties in Georgia, with over one million residents and over 140 spoken languages. This growth has led to a steady increase in traffic volumes, creating a need to address safety, mobility, and operational concerns county-wide, particularly in low-income and minority communities such as the Singleton Road corridor. These new technologies will also address traffic operations, mobility, and overall quality of life for all residents, visitors, and employees.
The $1.2 million grant for Chatham County will invest in an electric-vehicle based micro transit system to increase connectivity in Savannah, Georgia.
Senator Warnock has long supported efforts to pass the bipartisan infrastructure law, beginning with his work in the U.S. Senate Commerce, Transportation and Science Committee to secure infrastructure investments that will support Georgia jobs and help modernize the state’s infrastructure. The law includes several provisions led and supported by Senators Warnock and Ossoff, including policies and billions of dollars in investments to revitalize Georgia’s infrastructure—covering everything from roads and bridges, to ports and airports, to broadband and water and sewer infrastructure, electric vehicle charging infrastructure to electric school buses, removing lead water pipes from Georgia’s schools, and more.
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