Mario Diaz-Balart Secures $22 Million for Miami-Dade’s Underline Project

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced this week that Miami-Dade County is getting more than $20 million from the federal government for the Underline Project.

Diaz-Balart announce on Thursday that the county was getting $22 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program to help develop the 10-mile pedestrian corridor.

“Once again, I am glad to have played a part in securing these funds for an important project in Miami-Dade County,” the congressman said. “As ranking member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and serving as its chairman the previous four years, I have allocated billions of dollars into rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and have helped bring portions of that funding to our community.

“Miami-Dade County is among the most dangerous places to bike and walk in the United States. The Underline creates a 10-mile pedestrian corridor beneath the Miami Metrorail consisting of bike and walking lanes, thereby creating a safer commuting option for residents and visitors alike. I thank Secretary Elaine Chao for her continued responsiveness, commitment to our nation’s infrastructure needs, and consideration of our community and the state of Florida,” he added.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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