By John Stephen
U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall visited Valdosta on Tuesday to discuss transportation issues with local leaders and transportation experts.
Woodall represents Georgia's 7th Congressional District and is a member of the United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. His visit to Valdosta is part of a seven-city tour to highlight two federal acts: the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.
FAST, which was signed by President Obama in December 2015, allotted $305 billion to fund projects throughout the nation for all modes of transportation. WRDA has not yet become law, but it focuses on conserving and improving the nation's water and its related resources.
"Both the FAST Act and WRDA have positive impacts for the state of Georgia by allowing local leaders, businesses and citizens to have a voice in their communities when it comes to securing various types of transportation options throughout the state," said a Georgia Chamber of Commerce press release.
Woodall implored community leaders to share their ideas and concerns with him and other federal officials so that projects can be created and completed in a timely, cost-effective manner.
"Partner with me, and you'll be amazed at what we can do," Woodall said.