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.


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