Rep. Johnson applauds Recovery funds for District road projects
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), who represents DeKalb, Rockdale and parts of Gwinnett counties, was pleased May 5 to see the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act he supported in March is providing much-needed funds for important transportation projects in his District.
Although some funds from President Obama's stimulus plan have already arrived in the District, the governor on Tuesday signed off on more than $45 million in road projects for the Fourth District.
It's all part of more than $900 million Georgia will receive under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act for infrastructure improvements.
Under the latest certification, DeKalb County will receive more than $23 million, Gwinnett County $19 million and Rockdale County $3.5 million.
"When I voted for the Recovery Act, it was projects such as these that I had in mind - projects that are crucial to not only repair our crumbling infrastructure, but put people of my District back to work and on the road to financial stability."
Among the projects in DeKalb County are the Memorial Drive streetscapes, modernized traffic signals, maintenance resurfacing and sidewalks.
In Gwinnett - which already received more than $40 million last month under the program - will see intersection improvements at SR 8/U.S. 29 at Pleasant Hill/Lester roads and SR 9/U.S. 29 at SR 378 and Beaver Ruin roads.
For Rockdale, it means much-needed maintenance and repairs for SR 162 from Newton County line to CR 666/Dogwood Drive and SR 20 from I-20 to the Newton County line.
Gov. Perdue submitted the certification as part of a May 4 letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. More projects will be certified as the Georgia DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) amend their respective TIPs (Transportation Improvement Program) to include additional projects.
On April 10, Gov. Perdue certified $200 million in road projects. May 5, he approved $187 million. The governor has now certified more than 100 projects, which represent 95 percent of the funds that are required to be spent by June 30. As more projects become eligible, there may be additional ones added to the certification list before June 30.