Six Georgia Cities Awarded Federal Infrastructure Grants

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024

Six Georgia cities and one county have been awarded over $29 million in federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants. Announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in June, these grants were part of 148 projects nationwide funded in 2024. The Georgia recipients are Augusta, Decatur, Atlanta, Fairburn, LaFayette, Dublin, and Camden County.

The RAISE program supports diverse communities with projects of local and regional significance. Funding is split equally between urban and rural areas, with many grants supporting historically disadvantaged regions or areas of persistent poverty.

Augusta | Amount: $1,700,000

This project will plan a new bus transfer facility for Augusta Transit (AT), replacing the current one and adding intermodal accommodations. Enhancements include improved safety and reduced climate impacts by accommodating clean energy vehicles and charging infrastructure. The project aims to create a more efficient and accessible transit hub for the community.

Decatur | Amount: $1,872,000

This project will fund planning for complete street improvements to Scott Boulevard, including public engagement, NEPA documents, and detailed traffic and safety analysis to reduce vehicle speeds. Collaboration with the local transit authority aims to improve ridership. The improvements will enhance pedestrian safety and connectivity along the corridor.

Atlanta | Amount: $16,000,000

This project will construct multi-use paths, buffered cycle tracks, sidewalk improvements, ADA bus stop enhancements, lighting, and stormwater updates along several streets. It aims to create safe, ADA-compliant pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. The project will significantly enhance non-motorized transportation options in the area.

Fairburn | Amount: $1,008,000

This project will plan and design pedestrian safety improvements along US 29 and near Harbor Lake, including a pedestrian bridge over US 29 and the CSX railway. The plan aims to simplify crossing for workers commuting via public transit. It will improve overall safety and accessibility for pedestrians in a busy freight corridor.

LaFayette | Amount: $6,273,803

This project will fund Complete Streets improvements along 1.3 miles of Villanow Street, including a road diet, ADA sidewalks and ramps, traffic calming measures, lighting, signage, and other active transportation accommodations to enhance safety and accessibility. The project will connect key community areas, promoting greater mobility for residents.

Dublin | Amount: $1,500,000

This project will fund planning for future improvements to 13.5 miles of city-owned roadway, drainage, and pedestrian facilities. Efforts aim to expand affordable transportation options, reconnect isolated neighborhoods, and reduce reliance on vehicle travel. The planning will also address critical infrastructure needs and promote safer streets.

Camden County | Amount: $750,000

This project will develop the Camden County Joint Comprehensive Transportation Plan, assessing current conditions, future infrastructure needs, and formulating recommendations. A safety audit will document known safety concerns and future risks. The plan will guide future investments to enhance regional transportation infrastructure.