Foxx calls for Congress to pass long-term infrastructure bill

As part of his bus tour last week to highlight the importance in investing in America’s infrastructure, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called on Congress to act on a long-term infrastructure bill to improve the nation’s highways, bridges and railroad systems.
Foxx was joined by government officials in the five states they visited on their four-day tour. In Tallahassee, Florida, Foxx spoke to students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and met with Mayor Andrew Gillum at the site of the proposed State Road 263 Capital Circle Southwest Project. The $120 million project is designed to promote economic development in the city.
Foxx also met with Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown to discuss the I-95 Overland Bridge Replacement Project. With an estimated cost of $196 million, it is considered the largest and most expensive highway renovation project in Florida’s history.
Foxx joined Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) in Savannah, Georgia, to visit the proposed Brampton Road Connector Project. The project is budgeted at $26 million, although no funds have been released for the project.
Foxx also visited the Carolinas with Vice President Joe Biden and other officials to discuss proposed passenger rail projects that would provide better access opportunities for employment, medical facilities and communities.
At Richmond International Airport in Virginia, Foxx met with government officials, agency representatives and consumer safety advocates to highlight the importance of road safety. He called on rental car agencies and used car dealerships to repair defects on models of their cars before renting or selling the vehicles.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced a plan to address the $478 billion infrastructure deficit in a six-year reauthorization proposal that would build on the GROW AMERICA Act, which went into law last year.