Congresswoman Cori Bush Secures More than $15.5 Million for St. Louis in House Transportation and Infrastructure Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) announced she secured an extraordinary investment of $15.8 million for Missouri’s First Congressional District in the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, a $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill introduced last Friday in the House of Representatives.
The INVEST in America Act provides the legislative text for aspects of the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan and calls for $109 billion in transit investment, with $343 billion allocated for roads, bridges and safety, and $95 billion for passenger and freight rail. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives were encouraged to submit projects in their districts for consideration to be included in the bill. Four of Congresswoman Cori Bush’s submissions were included in the final text of the bill:
- $10,000,000 for the West Florissant Avenue Great Streets project which would make improvements on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Dellwood, and Jennings, Missouri;
- $708,800 to improve Wrong Way safety by adding signing and striping for wrong way counter-measures at various ramp locations throughout the St. Louis region;
- $2,576,000.00 for 1-70 Bridge Rehabilitation and Pavement Repairs at various overpasses on I-70 between N Hanley Road and Madison Street in St. Louis City and County;
- $2,500,000 to Upgrade Pedestrian Facilities to Comply with ADA Transition Plan and Pavement Resurfacing and Signal Replacement project on Rte. 61 to Big Bend Blvd, which will include a bridge replacement over Black Creek.
“I am proud of the work we have done to ensure Congress is investing in St. Louis,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “This much-needed funding will go into tangible infrastructure projects that will foster a safer, more multimodal, and accessible St. Louis. These resources will be used to make green spaces, improve highway safety, rehabilitate bridges, ensure ADA compliance, add bike lanes, and help with the economic revitalization of our community. I look forward to continued partnership with community partners, County Executive Sam Page, and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, as we remain committed to securing and implementing the funding St. Louis needs to revitalize our infrastructure and our economy. I will do everything in my power to ensure this legislation is signed into law and that the people of St. Louis have what they need to live a joyous and decent life.”
"These infrastructure investments outlined in the American Jobs Plan would help make our infrastructure safer and more accessible for all," said City of St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. "The people of St. Louis appreciate Representative Bush's efforts to deliver nearly $6 million in much-needed funding for our region's roads."
“West Florissant Avenue is a vital corridor connecting North County communities,” said St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “This funding is critical to improving the safety and quality of life for County residents and providing key economic development opportunities for this historically underserved region.”
The full list of Member Designated Project submissions Congresswoman Cori Bush made can be found here.
The full text of the bill can be found here.
Congresswoman Cori Bush represents Missouri’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She is also a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a proud member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is a registered nurse, single mother, and an ordained pastor. Following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, she became a civil rights activist and community organizer fighting for justice for Black lives on the streets of Missouri and across the country.