Chambliss-Isakson Measures Included in National Highway Funding Bill, Senate Approves
Study of Both Proposed Highways in Final Senate Bill
Today, the United States Senate approved a national highway funding bill. The bill includes a provision authored by U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-GA, and Johnny Isakson, R-GA, which seeks money to study two new highways that would boost local economies in Georgia and the Southeast.
The amendment would create a study of a proposed 14th Amendment Highway, which would link Augusta, Macon, and Columbus, Georgia, connecting through Montgomery, Alabama and going to Natchez, Mississippi. It also provides for the Third Infantry Division Highway, extending from Savannah and Augusta, Georgia to Knoxville, Tennessee, going through Sylvania, Waynesboro, Lincolnton, Elberton, Hartwell, Taccoa and Young Harris in Georgia. Both proposed highways are designed to remove through-traffic from existing two-lane roads, while providing economic stimulus for communities that are now bypassed by existing interstate highways.
"Creating these new highways will not only help improve transportation needs, but also boost economic development along the proposed routes," said Chambliss. "Eighty percent of jobs in America are located within ten miles of an interstate. It is my hope that the addition of these roads will also provide much needed economic development and job creation for these regions."
"I am very pleased the Senate has endorsed the study of these two proposed highways. Both would provide a big boost to some local communities in Georgia and in other Southeastern states that desperately need it," Isakson said.
U.S. Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., included similar measures for studying the two proposed highways in the House version of transportation bill. Now, both House and Senate leaders will iron out any differences in the two bills before the proposals receive final congressional approval.