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July 01, 2021

Bourdeaux Legislation To Invest In Suburban Infrastructure Passes House

WASHINGTON — Today, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, which includes four bills and five Member-Designated Projects led by Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) to support and prioritize suburban infrastructure projects. Bourdeaux’s contributions to the comprehensive infrastructure package are part of her larger effort to FutureFit the Suburbs by investing in common-sense, sustainable infrastructure solutions that will reduce congestion, connect communities, and protect the environment. 

Under the INVEST in America Act, Georgia will receive a $2.6 billion increase in funding for core infrastructure programs over the next 5 years, a 38% increase over existing funding levels. 

The INVEST in America Act will jump start innovation that will lead to economic growth in small towns, big cities, and in suburban areas like mine,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “My FutureFit the suburbs initiatives, which were incorporated into this legislation, will address some of the unique challenges faced in communities like Georgia’s 7th District and ensure that we are prioritizing forward-looking, climate-conscious infrastructure.”

Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s legislative contributions to the INVEST in America Act include: 

  • The Wastewater Infrastructure Modernization Act, which creates a grant program to allow public utilities to purchase innovative clean water technology in an effort to modernize water networks, lower upfront costs and ongoing operating costs for utilities, while improving the delivery of safe, reliable, clean water.
  • The Solar Use Network (SUN) Act, which allows for more effective use of interstate rights-of-way by making a common sense change to the U.S. Code to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Funding for the construction and expansion of greenways, building off Bourdeaux’s National and Regional Greenways Act, which allows more citizens to use these paths to connect communities and serve as transportation alternatives.
  • Funding and legislation to create a transit deserts program which includes more flexible transit options like Express Lane Transit projects to increase available modes of transit in underserved areas.

The legislation also includes five of Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s Member-Designated Projects, representing both Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties and totaling nearly $20 million. Recently, Congresswoman Bourdeaux hosted an infrastructure tour around Georgia’s 7th District, explaining the impact of several of these projects, and how the INVEST in America Act can provide a pathway for these projects to become reality.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s Member-Designated Projects Included in the INVEST Act:

Project Sponsor:        Gwinnett County Department of Transportation

Project Name:             Lawrenceville Area Park and Ride Lot

Project Location:        SR 316 at Collins Industrial Way/SR 20, Gwinnett County Georgia, 30046

Requested Amount:  $4,800,000

 

Project Sponsor:       Gwinnett County Department of Transportation

Project Name:           Gwinnett Place Transit Center/Mall of Georgia Local Bus Service

Project Location:      Gwinnett County Georgia, 30096

Requested Amount:  $5,000,000

 

Project Sponsor:       Gwinnett County Department of Transportation

Project Name:           McDaniel Farm Park Connector Multi-Use Path

Project Location:      Commerce Avenue from McDaniel Farm Park to Satellite Boulevard,

                                     Gwinnett County Georgia, 30096

Requested Amount:  $2,000,000

 

Project Sponsor:       City of Sugar Hill

Project Name:           City of Sugar Hill’s Highway 20 Pedestrian Bridge

Project Location:      Sugar Hill, Georgia, 30518

Requested Amount:  $5,000,000

 

Project Sponsor:        Forsyth County Board of Commissioners

Project Name:            Big Creek Greenway Phase 2 Renovation-Replacement

Project: Location:     5259 Union Hill Road, Cumming, Georgia, 30040

Requested Amount:  $3,000,000

 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux currently serves as Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Infrastructure Task Force and a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.