Infrastructure impacts every constituent of the 15th District. From traditional projects like roads and bridges, to new investments necessary in 21st Century, such as broadband access, there are many improvements that can be made to move our country forward.
HIGHWAY TRUST FUND: I am currently working on legislation to create a dedicated fund to improve our highway infrastructure funded from the royalties of American-made energy. This legislation would raise funds from newly untapped energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf, and use the revenue from these leases to directly fund the Department of Transportation Highway Trust Fund. The Highway Trust Fund provides resources for infrastructure projects in every state in the country.
CARROLL 33 INTERCHANGE: In May of 2017, the Carroll 33 Interchange was officially opened, a project that I was proud to be a part of. This $44.5 million investment replaced the intersection of Winchester Road and U.S. 33 with ramps and connectors – another step in fully connecting a quicker route between Columbus and Athens. This project was a partnership between local, state, and federal officials and is already saving commuters from wasting hours in traffic and making the commute safer and more efficient.
RURAL BROADBAND: Another important aspect of infrastructure is broadband access. In today’s world, broadband connectivity is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. That is why I held a roundtable in Hocking County. I hope that private-public partnerships will help bridge the digital divide, because infrastructure can do more than reduce traffic jams. It has the capability to alleviate poverty, improve infant mortality rates, and even lower cancer incidence.
The advantages of infrastructure investment are clear, and I plan to keep working to connect our district and bring it up to speed.
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