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Warnock: Remember When I Got Athens $25 Million for North Avenue?

Supporters greet Sen. Raphael Warnock at a rally in East Athens. Credit: Blake Aued

Engaged in a close race with Republican challenger Herschel Walker, Sen. Raphael Warnock used the anniversary of the bipartisan infrastructure act to remind Athens voters of the $25 million Athens-Clarke County received to improve North Avenue.

The U.S. Department of Transportation grant, awarded in August, will pay to repave North Avenue between Willow Street and Freeman Drive/Collins Industrial Boulevard, upgrade bus stops and crosswalks, and build a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians alongside the road, including a pedestrian bridge over the Loop.

“I am glad to see the Athens area will benefit from the provisions I secured in this law,” Warnock said in a Thursday news release. “These funds will upgrade North Avenue and make it safer for commuters and pedestrians.”

President Joe Biden signed the infrastructure bill into law on Nov. 15, 2021. Walker is opposed to it because it included $100 million to plant trees in low-income neighborhoods.