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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to I-75 Project in Dayton

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

DAYTON, Ohio – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today visited workers at Dayton’s I-75 project as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, calling it an investment in Ohio’s economic future that could be replicated across the country if Congress would support a long-term transportation bill.  The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to Pickaway County Connector

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact in First Stop of Invest in America Bus Tour

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined state and local officials today to kick off his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour at the Pickaway County Connector project, calling it an investment in Ohio’s economic future that could be replicated across the country if Congress would support a long-term transportation bill.  The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

Dayton’s I-75 modernization project improving safety and capacity while creating jobs

This afternoon, my “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour stopped in downtown Dayton, Ohio, where I had the chance to tour the I-75 modernization project currently under way.

I met with workers who aren’t just repairing this highway, they’re also increasing its capacity, so that tens of thousands more vehicles will be able to travel this road every day.  In order to keep up with our growing population, a third lane is being added.

The project is also bringing needed safety improvements to the area by removing left-hand exit and entry ramps.  The last phase of this project reduced crashes at a spot once known as “Malfunction Junction” – but I doubt it’ll have that name anymore.

Pickaway County Connector project a key to America’s economic strength

This morning, I traveled to Pickaway County, Ohio to kick off my “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour. Over the next five days, I’ll be traveling to eight states – and logging roughly 2,000 miles – to raise awareness about the difference transportation can make in our country and the importance of investing in better transportation – and a brighter future.

There’s no better example than the work taking place right now in Pickaway County to improve our ability to move freight in Ohio and across the country.

This road project received $16 million from DOT’s TIGER program. And it’s a worthwhile investment because it’s going to make a difference in the lives of hundreds – if not hundreds of thousands – of Americans.

Help us keep America moving

On the bus next week, I'll visit communities where investment in transportation is making a big difference in people's lives--where it allows them to get to a job or college, where it makes moving a farmer's goods to market easier, and where it creates new jobs.

But it's a big country, and I can't see it all in a single week, and I won't be able to hear everyone's stories on one trip. So I could use your help...

Map of the bus toure

President's 2015 Budget Request charts course to Rebuild America

At the Department of Transportation, we’ve been talking for months –if not years– about America’s infrastructure deficit. If you've been reading this blog, then you’ve heard me talk about 100,000 bridges old enough for Medicare, billions of dollars in backlogged transit projects, and the growing costs of waiting as cities and states put their transportation plans on hold. And you've seen our highway trust fund ticker and know how close we are to running out of money altogether.  

But a week ago, that all changed. Because last Wednesday, President Obama laid out his vision for a four year, $302-billion-dollar transportation plan to modernize this country’s infrastructure and put us on the path to solving this problem...

Graphic from D.O.T.'s 2015 Budget Highlights document

Working together, investing in American transportation

Yesterday, I addressed the members of the National League of Cities, and it was a pleasure to be among leaders who understand the value of investing in America's transportation. Because League members know that, last year, drivers in this country's cities spent an average of 42 hours stuck in traffic. That's more than a week of full-time work.

Photo of a congested suburban road

This isn't to say the United States doesn't have the best transportation system in the world. We do.

Rather, the problems we’re witnessing in our cities are in large part problems of congestion. And those are problems that we know won’t go away on their own; in fact, population pressures will make them worse.

By 2042, America’s population will swell by nearly a third, up almost 90 million –with 19 new metropolitan areas reaching the million-person mark...

President Obama tours the Port of Jacksonville

Strong infrastructure is a key ingredient to a thriving economy

It was my distinct pleasure to tour the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday with President Obama. There, the President spoke with port officials about a challenge I saw firsthand as Mayor of Charlotte:

"The businesses of tomorrow will not locate near old roads, outdated ports -- they’re going to go to places where the ports are good, the roads are good, the rail lines are good, you’ve got high-speed Internet, you’ve got high-tech schools, trained workers, systems that move air traffic and auto traffic faster."

Photo by Pete Souza of President Obama and Secretary Foxx touring the Port of Jacksonville

President Obama and this Department want to make sure that America's communities have what it takes to compete effectively in the 21st century global economy, and we want to put people to work right now helping them do exactly that.

You can read the President's remarks and watch video from Jacksonville at whitehouse.gov.

Official White House photo of Secretary Foxx talking with President Obama aboard Air Force One enroute to Jacksonville

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