Rep. Johnson: $2.2 million headed to District transportation projects
LITHONIA, GA – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) is pleased today to announce that he helped secure more than $2 million for area transportation projects, including the I-20 east Corridor in south DeKalb, the Atlanta BeltLine and Jimmy Carter Boulevard over I-85 in Gwinnett County.
More than $1.2 million will go towards the I-20 East Corridor for initial environmental work in Phase I of the corridor expansion and $475,000 will go to the BeltLine.
Rep. Johnson also helped obtain $500,000 to replace the existing bridge that carries Jimmy Carter Boulevard over I-85 and reconstruction of the intersections with the existing I-85 on and off ramps. The new bridge will carry 11 lanes, four lanes wider than the existing seven lane bridge.
“Traffic congestion has gotten so bad it’s choking off our growth, our competitiveness and our quality of life,” said Rep. Johnson. “These investments will not only put people back to work, but will go a long way in helping us create sustainable, livable communities that will be better connected and more accessible.”
The funds come from both the FY 2009 and FY 2010 appropriations bills. The funds for the BeltLine and I-20 East projects are from the Federal Transit Administration. The funds for the I-85 project are from the Federal Highway Administration.
Rep. Johnson just toured all three areas and projects while hosting House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) on Aug. 16.
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