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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $4.8 Million in Grants for Georgia Highway Projects

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $4.8 Million in Grants for Georgia Highway Projects

Federal Highway Administration
17 August 2011


FHWA 37-11
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel: 202-366-0660

Funds will help create jobs though highway rehabilitation and improvement projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $4.8 million in grants for Georgia to fund an array of highway-related efforts ranging from constructing a pedestrian-bicycle and acquiring right-of-way for a recreation trail in Atlanta.

"Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for Georgia residents as well as strengthen the state's economy," said Secretary LaHood. "The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment."

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invited states to apply in June for federal funding from 14 grant programs. Requests poured in from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. - more than 1,800 applications, totaling nearly $13 billion, which is more than 30 times the funds available.

"At a time when states are facing serious budgetary constraints, these grants will help fill a critical need," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "Investments like these are immediate and long-lasting and will help create jobs."

Congress created the discretionary grant programs to give FHWA the latitude to support projects that maintain the nation's roads and bridges, improve roadway safety and make communities more livable. In previous years, Congress designated some of this grant money for specific projects and FHWA awarded the remainder through a competitive process. Because the FY11 budget passed by Congress last April directed that all such funds be discretionary, FHWA awarded these funds through a competitive process.

Georgia received funding for the following projects:

PROJECT AWARD
Acquiring right of way for Bob Callan Trunk Trail (Phase II) in Atlanta $2,850,000
Constructing a bike and pedestrian bridge in Atlanta Beltline/City Hall East Bike $782,640
Rehabilitating pavement on SR 11/SR 53/SR 211 in Winder $700,000
Training for disadvantaged business enterprise firms to compete on federal projects $282,270
Assisting Goodwill of North Georgia to recruit, train and employ women in highway construction $219,000
TOTAL $4,833,910

A complete state-by-state list of this year's grant recipients is available online at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1137/.



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