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Spanberger Secures Commitment for $22.7M in Projects in Pending Infrastructure Bill

June 21, 2021 by Brock Blasdell
Rep.-elect Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., walks to a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Rep. Abigail Spanberger secured central Virginia’s spot today onlist of proposed projects areas that will be covered by the Biden administration’s proposed INVEST in America Act. 

If passed, more than $22.7 million in federal resources will be dedicated to infrastructure and transportation projects in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which encompasses Chesterfield, Goochland, Louisa, Powhatan and Spotsylvania counties.

“As our communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure that Virginia’s infrastructure can meet the needs of a growing economy and create additional, good-paying jobs,” Spanberger said. “I am proud to see that the INVEST in America Act includes smart investments in Central Virginia projects that I pushed to include after hearing directly from Seventh District officials.”

Chesterfield County stands to receive the most federal funding of the five Virginia counties. Out of the $7.8 million designated, $3.2 million is for improvements to the I-95 and Willis Interchange, and over $4.6 million is designated for the enhancement and expansion of a bus line along the U.S. Route 1.

Following closely behind is Louisa County, which will receive just over $7.1 million in funding split between intersection safety improvements on the Davis Highway and Three Notch Road.  

This approval process began back in March when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure began accepting Member Designated Projects for their yearly surface transportation authorization legislation. The process gives lawmakers like Spanberger the ability to proactively identify areas needing improvement and make a case for them to receive funding.

Spanberger ‘s office said all of the projects in her request were based on the concerns of community leaders in her district. Federal funding cannot be allocated until the INVEST in America Act is approved in both the House and Senate and signed by President Biden.

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