ICYMI: Secretary Buttigieg Visits Communities in Four States as Part of Investing in America Tour

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5 min readJul 10, 2023

Secretary Buttigieg highlighted infrastructure investments in South Carolina, Kentucky, Washington, and Oregon

Secretary Buttigieg joins Lexington’s Mayor and KY’s DOT Secretary to celebrate a grant to rehab a 80+ year old rail bridge

Washington, DC — Over the past few weeks, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has traveled to multiple communities to share how recent infrastructure investments, made possible by President Biden’s economic agenda, are helping to transform American infrastructure for generations to come while creating good-paying jobs and rebuilding our economy from the middle-out and bottom-up, not top-down.

To date, the Biden-Harris administration has announced 35,000 project awards across 4,500 cities and towns to rebuild roads and bridges, strengthen our supply chains, invest in transit and rail, improve safety and resiliency, reduce emissions from the transportation sector, and much more.

Read more below about Secretary Buttigieg’s visits to Orangeburg, South Carolina; Jackson, Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky; Mukilteo, Washington; Port Orchard, Washington; Washougal, Washington; and Portland, Oregon.

Secretary Buttigieg greets a resident during a visit to Jackson, KY to see the Panbowl Lake Corridor project, which will fix Highway 15 and improve an earthen dam to help prevent flooding
In Washougal, Secretary Buttigieg joined Senator Cantwell, Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp-Perez, Mayor Dave Stuebe and others to celebrate a $40 million grant to build an underpass and eliminate a railroad crossing
In Portland, Secretary Buttigieg met with Senator Jeff Merkley, Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, and Oregon Governor Tina Kotek at the Portland Community College Southeast Campus, where the group had the opportunity to travel along the 82nd Avenue corridor, currently one of Portland’s most dangerous roads, which will undergo a major transformation over the next few years to improve transit service and pedestrian safety.

See below for select media coverage of the Secretary’s visits.

South Carolina

The Post and Courier: SC snags federal dollars to reconnect and revive Orangeburg, transportation secretary says

“The infrastructure to do what needs to be done is here,” Clyburn said. “But we are now developing it.”

The Hill: Buttigieg, Clyburn team up to announce $23M infrastructure grant to South Carolina

“We don’t design the projects at headquarters. We are proceeding very much on the idea that the answers don’t come from Washington but more the funding should,” Buttigieg said.

WRDW: Buttigieg comes to Orangeburg to tout infrastructure projects

WCSC Charleston: Sec. Buttigieg, Rep. Clyburn detail Orangeburg infrastructure project funding

WCBD: Pete Buttigieg to make infrastructure announcement in Orangeburg

Kentucky

WYMT: ‘I wanted to get out here and see it myself’: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits EKY

“I was here the day after the flood, and I saw the conditions here. I saw what needed to be done and so it was really inspiring to see that people were listening to us, and it was rewarding to see that this grant which was so needed for this project was done,” [Kentucky DOT] Secretary Gray said.

The Jackson-Breathitt County Times-Voice: USDOT Secretary Buttigieg visits Jackson

“The widening of KY 15. That’s important not just for transportation purposes but for safety and resilience. The governor raised it multiple times with me, and I got lots of letters about it and having heard so much about this small community in Eastern Kentucky I wanted to get out here and see it myself,” added Buttigieg.

WKYT: US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg highlights new infrastructure projects in Lexington

“This is such a huge need, this project. And it has been for a long time, but the issue was always funding,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.

WEKU: Federal Funding to Help Transportation Infrastructure in Lexington, Jackson

Lex18: Transportation Secretary Buttigieg speaks on need for infrastructure to withstand extreme weather

WTVQ: US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Lexington officials mark infrastructure investments

“This is what this infrastructure spending is all about. Sometimes it’s a huge headline project like the Brett Spence, sometimes it’s a rural project that most Americans don’t know about but it’s gonna make all the difference in the world to a community. Bottom line is communities big or small, we’re here to help. We’re fixing roads, bridges, railroads, and everything in between,” Buttigieg said.

Wave3: US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg highlights new infrastructure projects in Lexington

Mukilteo, Washington

Everett Herald: Buttigieg visits Mukilteo for plans to electrify Washington ferries

“Not everybody realizes that ferries are an integral part of the daily commute of so many Americans,” Buttigieg said while touring the second floor of the ferry terminal that overlooks Puget Sound.

MyNorthwest: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg returns to Washington

Mukilteo Beacon: U.S. Transportation Sec. Buttigieg visits Mukilteo ferry terminal

Lynnwood Times: Buttigieg tours Washington highlighting Biden’s Investing in America agenda

“We have a tremendous partner with the Secretary and President Biden,” Governor Inslee said. “Their infrastructure dollars are integral to our state plans.”

Port Orchard, Washington

Bainbridge Island Review: Buttigieg offers praise for PO breakwater project

“The former naval officer in me understands the importance of Kitsap County,” he said in a speech at Marina Park, the port directly behind him. “The former mayor (South Bend, Ind.) in me loves being able to support local work in a community that is clearly very proud and deserves a wind at your back from the federal government.”

Associated Press: Federal money to help pay for breakwater, trails, other projects in Washington state

- Also at U.S. News and World Report; KATU News

Associated Press / Kitsap Sun: Transportation secretary stops in Port Orchard on tour of $130m in federal projects

Fox13 Seattle: Secretary Buttigieg visits Washington, talks funding for aging ferry fleet

- Also at Longview News-Journal; KNDO/KNDU; News-Press Now

KING News: U.S. Sec. of Transportation Buttigieg talks new funding for Washington’s ferry fleet

Washougal, Washington

Clark County Today: Washougal gets funding and a visit from Transportation Secretary Buttigieg

The Columbian: U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg touts Washougal train project

“We’re so glad to be here to formally celebrate the $40 million that is going to help reconstruct that 32nd Street underpass and make for a better life and a better routine,” said Buttigieg.

KATU News: Buttigieg visits Washougal to talk major infrastructure project funded by federal grant

Portland, Oregon

The Oregonian: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tours Portland’s 82nd Avenue, sees ‘opportunities’ for area

KGW8 News: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visits Portland, touring 82nd Avenue

“Seven miles of opportunity and challenge — and we’re poised now to finally take advantage of that,” said [Congressman] Blumenauer.

KOIN News: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon, Washington to tour local projects

Fox12 Oregon: Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg visits Washougal, Portland\

“[I’m] very impressed with what I’ve seen here in Portland and in our visit to the Pacific Northwest, really seeing how federal dollars and policies can be with community visions that’s really been the emphasis certainly with our visit through 82nd and also our neighborhood roundtable earlier today,” Buttigieg said.

Axios Portland: Pete Buttigieg will tour 82nd in an electric bus

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