For Virginia to encourage economic development and attract large employers to our region, we need to maintain one of the most comprehensive transportation infrastructure networks in the nation by investing in our system of roads, rail, airports, and seaports. That's why I have supported legislation to dedicate a greater portion of General Fund revenues to transportation, as well as a "Lock Box" constitutional amendment to secure revenues for transportation.
Transportation is a core function of government and in my role on the I-81 Corridor Coalition Steering Committee as well as co-chair of the I-81 Caucus, I have often led the discussion to encourage improvements in Virginia and along the I-81 corridor. As your Delegate, I am committed to improving our regional transportation infrastructure and have long advocated for efforts to improve safety, reduce congestion, and promote long-term economic growth along I-81. Keeping this vital economic corridor flowing safely and efficiently will help our part of Virginia attract employers and improve the quality of life for local residents.
- Helped improve safety by putting more troopers on I-81 and by establishing the I-81 Safety Committee within VDOT.
- Helped obtain funds for targeted widening projects along congested stretches of I-81 in places like Lexington to Fairfield and at the Buffalo Creek crossing.
- Established the Rail Enhancement Fund for multi-modal improvements to rail lines that divert traffic from truck freight to rail along I-81 and Route 29.