U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger converse with WTOP about infrastructure grants and their native impacts.

WTOP’s Mitchell Miller speaks with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger about infrastructure grants and their native impacts.

Many roads in northern Virginia flood throughout rainstorms, however Stafford County has obtained a $10.2 million federal grant designed to forestall a reoccurring drawback that usually leaves residents unable to go away their group.

The grant was introduced by Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who together with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, spoke to WTOP this week in regards to the new federal funds flowing to the Commonwealth.

The funding comes by way of a grant program established by the bipartisan infrastructure regulation that was handed by Congress in 2021.

The cash for Stafford County might be used to realign a virtually half-mile portion of Brooke Road and Loblolly Lane to Maplewood Drive, so a part of the street could be taken out of the flood plain.

The space usually floods throughout heavy rainstorms, which may isolate lots of of residents. The roadway is parallel to Accokeek Creek, which is a tributary of the Potomac River.

“Over the previous few years, we’ve seen an elevated variety of work orders to the Virginia Department of Transportation for flooding and for water pumping,” Spanberger mentioned. “We’ve seen main disruptions of about 600 residents at occasions, who’re unable to go away their properties or get to their properties.”

Spanberger famous that components of the street are literally sinking from repeatedly going underwater throughout storms.

First responders have needed to rescue autos which have turn into caught in excessive water and the problem has turn into a possible menace to public security.

‘Get these initiatives carried out’

Buttigieg mentioned that the funding comes from a new grant program called PROTECT — Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient and Cost-Saving Transportation.

This week, the Biden administration introduced a complete of $830 million in grants for initiatives throughout the nation.

“This is the primary time we’ve ever had this type of particular federal funding to guarantee that our infrastructure is healthier in a position to survive the threats that it faces,” Buttigieg mentioned, noting that may embrace every thing from flooding to wildfires and earthquakes.

He mentioned Stafford County competed with lots of of different purposes and was in a position to safe federal funding.

“Our focus has been to get these {dollars} out, get these initiatives carried out,” he mentioned.

President Joe Biden and Democrats have renewed their efforts to focus on infrastructure initiatives throughout this election yr.

Polls usually present public assist for infrastructure enhancements, however have additionally indicated many Americans don’t find out about initiatives which will have an effect on them.

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