Jobs in Virginia’s Fourth District: The Shipping, Transport, and Transportation Industry
Transportation and infrastructure projects create thousands of jobs across America and encourage the free flow of goods and products that help support our local economies. In fact, transportation and roadway projects employ 21,000 individuals in Virginia. The Port of Virginia, which currently ranks as the third largest container port on the East Coast, is one of the largest drivers of the Hampton Roads and Virginia economies, contributing to 343,000 jobs throughout the state.
Here are some steps I’ve taken to bolster this vital industry in Virginia:
The 414 Plan. I have worked hard to repeal costly, outdated federal requirements, while continuing to give states and localities flexibility in utilizing federal funding for road and bridge projects. I’ve introduced the “414 Plan,” legislation that suspends for five years all federal regulations that do not pertain to the safety or durability of highway facilities or of public and workplace safety. It also expresses the sense of Congress on the need for greater interagency cooperation among project stakeholders to further expedite surface transportation projects.
Dominion Boulevard. Realizing the benefit to economic and job growth and the benefit to traffic congestion, I’ve helped secure significant funding for the Dominion Boulevard bridge replacement project. Dominion Boulevard is one of 16 transportation projects that would expand Virginia’s economy by $4.1 billion and support 56,798 additional jobs.
Fourth District Transportation Projects. I’ve taken the following actions on these key Fourth District transportation projects.
- Urged state officials to allocate funds to complete the Gilmerton Bridge replacement project;
- Investigated rules and regulations concerning the construction of a New Jordan Bridge;
- Helped to replace the two-lane Deep Creek AIW Bridge with a 5-lane, dual bascule bridge, thus providing a new structurally sound bridge and reducing traffic congestion along the corridor;
- Assisted in the improvement of U.S. Route 460 in the Petersburg-Hampton Roads Corridor; and
- Improved the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal to protect the navigation route between the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and the VA-NC state line in the North Landing River.
Virginia’s Ports. I supported the passage of three new Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Columbia, and Panama, as well as the reauthorization of the Generalized System of Preferences. These agreements mean millions of dollars in new exports from the Commonwealth of Virginia and will strengthen Virginia’s vital ports, shipping, and transport industries.
Read more about my work for jobs in Virginia’s Fourth District in this detailed memo.