Although some funds from President Obama's stimulus plan have already arrived in the district, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday signed off on more than $45 million in road projects for the 4th District. Of that, $3.5 million will be used in Rockdale.
The funds are a part of more than $900 million Georgia will receive under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act for infrastructure improvements.
"When I voted for the Recovery Act, it was projects such as these that I had in mind - projects that are crucial to not only repair our crumbling infrastructure, but put people of my district back to work and on the road to financial stability," Johnson said.
In Rockdale, the money will be used to fund the much needed maintenance and repairs for SR 162 from the Newton County line to CR 666/Dogwood Drive and SR 20 from I-20 to the Newton County line.
Perdue submitted the certification as part of a May 4 letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. More projects will be certified as the Georgia DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) amend their respective TIPs (Transportation Improvement Program) to include additional projects.
With the most recent certification, Perdue has now certified more than 100 projects, which represent 95 percent of the funds that are required to be spent by June 30. As more projects become eligible, there may be additional ones added to the certification list
before June 30.