Senators Reverend Warnock, Ossoff Secure Robust Investments to Reconnect Historically Disadvantaged Communities with Economic, Recreational Opportunities   

A member of the Senate Commerce Committee, in December 2022 Senator Reverend Warnock urged Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to approve the Roswell and Atlanta projects

Senators Reverend Warnock, Ossoff secured $1 billion for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program works to reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure

Washington D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) announced two awards totaling $3.1 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for the cities of Roswell and Atlanta, respectively, to reconnect historically disadvantaged communities to economic, social, recreational, and transportation opportunities. The City of Roswell will receive $2 million in planning funds to connect the existing Big Creek Parkway Trail System under GA State Route 400 to Liberty Square Park and its surrounding communities through a new multi-use path. When the project is completed, it will unite the Liberty Square Neighborhood, long isolated by GA 400, with Roswell’s town center, the City of Alpharetta, and the greater Metro Atlanta area through the Big Creek Greenway. Additionally, the City of Atlanta will receive $1.1 million in planning funds to support the eventual construction of 14 acres of new greenspace over Interstates 75 and 85 which will reconnect north downtown Atlanta neighborhoods and build out new multimodal street connections, enhance the Civic Center MARTA heavy rail and regional transit station, and develop mixed used-real estate with a focus on affordable housing.

“Physical mobility and economic mobility are inextricably connected,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “When we talk about strengthening transportation infrastructure for Georgians, especially Georgians in historically underserved communities, it’s about ensuring that people aren’t physically blocked from accessing jobs and opportunity. I’m pleased to see the funding that Senator Ossoff and I secured in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is already benefiting our state.”

“Senator Warnock and I will continue delivering upgrades to Georgia’s infrastructure to make commuting safer and easier, connect all communities with access to work and education, and improve pedestrian access,” said Senator Jon Ossoff.“Our bipartisan Infrastructure law will deliver long-overdue upgrades to Georgia’s infrastructure for years to come.”

A vocal champion for creating good-paying jobs across Georgia, and policies that keep Georgia’s businesses and economy competitive, in December 2022, Senator Warnock urged Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to approve funding requests for the Roswell and Atlanta projects.  Both Senators Warnock and Ossoff worked successfully to pass the bipartisan infrastructure law, securing significant infrastructure investments that will support Georgia jobs and help modernize the state’s infrastructure. The law includes several provisions led and supported by the Georgia senators, 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, and more.