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Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Virginia received $1.9 million in federal funding that will be invested in increasing safety for the state’s motorists.
The main focus will be on commercial motor vehicles which were involved in 5000 crashes and 100 fatalities last year.
$1 million will go towards the Department of Motor Vehicles to enhance crash data analysis as well as improving and increasing the reporting of data.
This will help identify trends, problems, and help target spending.
Other funding will go to high risk areas of Chesterfield County and Virginia Tech who will begin driver education programs at high schools around the state and sessions in partnership with the AARP.
The money to fund these programs comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s High Priority Grant program.
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $46.3 million in federal funds are coming to the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water.
The funds will be used to replace lead service pipes throughout the state to help protect public health.
Both senators pointed towards the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi as a driving force to improve Virginia’s water infrastructure.
The funding is through the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which was negotiated by Senator Warren with support from Senator Kaine.
Senator Tim Kaine visited the area this past week making stops in Winchester, Frederick County and Front Royal.
While in Winchester, he visited the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center and spoke on the importance of the future of Career and Technical Education.
He then went to Frederick County’s new water treatment which is under construction.
While in Front Royal, he spent time with the family of the former Front Royal mayor, George Banks.
He visited the family’s home along the newly renamed road in his honor and spoke on his ability to “build bridges” in the community.
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.9 million in federal funding is coming to the Culpeper Regional Airport.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided the funding.
The act was originally which was negotiated by Warner and strongly supported by Kaine.
The infrastructure law will bring nearly $400 million to Virginia’s airports.
The funds for this project will go towards the final phase of removing an obstruction on a runway.