On June 29, Congressman Andrews voted to invest $3 billion in federal funds over the next three years for New Jersey highway and infrastructure projects. These projects will put South Jersey residents back to work as a result of the $112 billion nationwide transportation funding bill that was signed into law by President Obama on July 2nd. The money will create and sustain middle class jobs in South Jersey and across the nation while updating America's aging infrastructure.
The funds will go toward projects like the $900 million Direct Connection I-295 throughway project in South Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Transportation estimates that it will create nearly 1,000 jobs for skilled construction, design and engineering workers. The project will decrease traffic congestion, reduce commute time, and eliminate a longstanding accident hazard by giving I-295 travelers a direct route that avoids cross traffic from I-76 and Route 42.
"This is an example of how federal funds can stimulate our economy by creating good middle class jobs," said Congressman Andrews. "Simultaneously this project makes much needed improvements in our infrastructure while fixing a traffic problem that has inconvenienced motorists in our region for decades."
Funding for transportation projects was set to run out at the end of June, but this law keeps current highway construction projects on track and adds additional funding to create more construction jobs. As a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Andrews is committed to investments that will put people back to work building the infrastructure for a thriving American economy.