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11:32 am
Tue April 15, 2014

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Tours I-75 Project

The I-75 project, which began in 2007, is expected to be completed in 2017.
Credit Jerry Kenney

Federal Transportation officials were in Dayton on Monday to highlight the city’s I-75 revitalization project.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is touring several cities around the country where major road construction projects are taking place.  At the stop in Dayton, Foxx noted that the I-75 project is getting done with federal, state, and local dollars.  

The Secretary also said that several of the nation's transportation funding programs are set to expire and he called on Congress to support a long-term transportation bill to keep projects like I-75 going. 

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx and Dayton Mayor, Nan Whaley. Both officials called for continued funding of America's transportation infrastructure.
Credit City of Dayton

"We've got a $3.6 trillion infrastructure deficit in this country." Foxx said.  "If you take those  projects that we know we need to do today and we stop planning because you don't know where the federal money is coming from, that amount is going to grow exponentially." 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was on hand for the Secretary’s speech. She reported the 1-75 project is ahead of schedule and under budget, but also supported the secretary’s call for continued infrastructure funding.

Of projects like I-75 in Dayton, the Mayor said, “So, that’s not something you build it and forget it. You have to continue to invest in it.  Just like we’re doing with our water and sewer lines now, you must invest in your infrastructure.”

Whaley admitted that the I-75 project has been a lengthy one for Dayton residents and travelers to contend with, but easier, safer movement through Dayton and aesthetical improvements along the river will be the payoff.

View of I-75 construction from the 11th floor of the Montgomery County Administration Building, in downtown Dayton.
Credit Jerry Kenney