The RAISE Grant Program Was Made Possible through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which the Congresswoman Helped Negotiate & Move Across the Finish Line Last Year
HENRICO, V.A. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today announced a grant of $3,000,000 for Spotsylvania County for improvements along the U.S. Route 1 corridor from I-95/Exit 126 to Route 208/Lafayette Boulevard. This funding was made possible through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) grant program, which was signed into law as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law.
Specifically, this award will support Spotsylvania County’s planning project to provide multimodal improvements along this section of U.S. Route 1 — including traffic operational improvements at three intersections, new bus transit service with connections to the AMTRAK station, and sidewalk and streetscape improvements. These improvements are critical to address both current congestion and the planned development of the Fredericksburg Region’s Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care Clinic.
“The bipartisan infrastructure law is dislodging many of the Virginia infrastructure projects that have been sitting on the shelf for too long due to lack of adequate funding. This investment means we’ll see exciting progress towards improving travel along Route 1 in Spotsylvania County,” said Spanberger. “This award will help ease traffic congestion, improve transportation options for local residents, and make sure Spotsylvania County can keep up with economic growth in the region. With today’s announcement, I’m proud to see funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act being put to work right here in the Commonwealth to deliver concrete results for our communities.”
In April 2022, Spanberger and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined WTOP to discuss the launch of the RAISE program and its potential benefits for Virginia’s roads and highways. Click here for more information about the RAISE grant program.
In November 2021, Spanberger attended the White House signing ceremony for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. After strongly advocating for this legislation and highlighting the benefits of the bill for Virginia, Spanberger voted to pass the physical infrastructure legislation with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House earlier that month.