Jon Ossoff with construction workers

by Robin Kemp

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff praised crews working on the extension of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday as he touted Georgia’s share of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Read a brief summary of the roughly 2,700-page bill from the White House

“I’m pleased to announce, here at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, that the bipartisan infrastructure bill we passed in the Senate, will deliver at least $619 million for airports across the state of Georgia, supporting upgrades to airports in our state, supporting passenger safety in our state, creating jobs across our state, helping connect Georgia with the rest of the country and the rest of the world,” Ossoff said.

“Georgia is the logistics hub in the United States,” he added. “This airport is the premier logistics facility in the United States, as far as I’m concerned. And the $619 million coming through the bipartisan infrastructure bill will help support upgrades in passenger safety and operations here and at airports across the state.”

The bill also will expand rural broadband connectivity and prioritizes highway upgrades for the Middle Georgia Corridor from the Alabama state line and Columbus through Macon and on to Augusta.

Crews are expanding the T concourse, which will add five new gates.

“I want to thank the outstanding workforce standing here behind me who are working on this T Concourse extension under very difficult circumstances amidst of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Ossoff told reporters, gesturing to the masked construction workers. “Please join me in thanking these workers for all that they’ve done to continue this project during the pandemic.”

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