Foxx completes tour promoting need for highway funding solution

By |  April 28, 2014

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wrapped up a multi-state bus tour last week, making several stops to see what’s taking place – or, in some cases, not taking place – on the frontlines of U.S. infrastructure development.

One place Foxx visited is Garland, Texas, a city Foxx describes in a blog post on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website as one that’s rapidly growing with people yet failing to keep pace in terms of infrastructure.

“The expansion of the Lyndon Johnson Freeway in Garland, [Texas], is one of countless projects across the country that needs to be tackled, but can’t because we aren’t adequately investing in our infrastructure,” Foxx writes. “Dallas and the surrounding area sit at the center of one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, and they desperately need new roads to help reduce congestion and to create jobs, as well.

“These are the kinds of investments we need to make all over the country,” Foxx continues. “And my hope is that, if we do, the next time I go back to Garland, there will be a new highway there to see.”

Foxx also writes on his blog that the Obama Administration will soon present Congress with a surface transportation reauthorization proposal. Of course, earlier this year, President Obama outlined his vision for a four-year, $302 billion bill.

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