Sen. Dodd Lauds Passage of Federal Infrastructure Bill
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today upon congressional passage of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that would improve our nation’s roads, bridges, rail and broadband systems, boosting economic recovery and creating millions of new clean-energy jobs:
“Investing in our long-neglected infrastructure is critical, especially as we face the devastating effects of climate change,” Sen. Dodd said. “The passage of this key legislation will ensure we can shore up deteriorating roads, address traffic congestion and improve internet access for everyone. I applaud members of Congress for approving a measure that will be so important for our country and the North Bay.”
The federal allocation complements progress made this year on the state level, where the Legislature in partnership with Gov. Gavin Newsom made historic investments to stem the climate crisis and bridge the digital divide.
Sen. Dodd secured $8 million for improvements in key areas of his North Bay district, including $5 million for environmental mitigation, marsh restoration and sea-level rise protection along Highway 37. The funding is in response to the dangerous rise in tidal waters across the San Francisco Bay that is now threatening the vital commuter route.
Also, he secured an additional $3 million for design and planning of interim improvements including adding a lane on Highway 37 between Sears Point and Vallejo to increase capacity and reduce traffic. The investment helps create a more sustainable and less congested roadway.
Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.