ICYMI: Secretary Buttigieg Visits Communities in Four States as Part of Investing in America Tour
Secretary Buttigieg highlighted infrastructure investments in South Carolina, Kentucky, Washington, and Oregon
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.
See below for select media coverage of the Secretary’s visits.
“The infrastructure to do what needs to be done is here,” Clyburn said. “But we are now developing it.”
“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.
“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.
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“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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“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
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“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.”
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“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.
“Seven miles of opportunity and challenge — and we’re poised now to finally take advantage of that,” said [Congressman] Blumenauer.
“[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.
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