Augusta, Fort Gordon in line for millions in federal appropriations

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Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 5:06 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Infrastructure is due for a boost at Fort Gordon and in Augusta-Richmond County under federal Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations measures released Wednesday.

Fort Gordon will get $69 million for modernization and revitalization efforts to construct the Cyber Instructional Facility. Also at Fort Gordon, $3.67 million will go toward completing planning and design to modernize the signal schoolhouse and construct a cyber and communications network training facility.

The funding was announced by Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, whose staff said the money was among $95 million secured by the senator for Georgia projects.

“I’m pleased to see projects I fought for that will help keep families in Georgia and America safe and promote Georgia’s central role in our nation’s military were included in the annual government funding bill,” Warnock said in a statement.

Also announced by Warnock in the Augusta area:

  • Augusta-Richmond County water and sewer: $3.9 million for Travis/Boykin Road water and sewer replacement. The proposed project includes installation of sewer and water lines to provide approximately 150 households with sanitary sewer services and improved water quality.
  • Augusta-Richmond County stormwater: $3.2 million for the Rock Creek Basin-National Hills drainage project. Improvements include modifying storm inlets to allow more water runoff to enter the drainage system, sizing pipes to adequate capacity and adding curbing and gutters to streets to improve water flow.
  • Primary care pathway program through the Medical College of Georgia: $2.1 million to keep Georgia-educated physicians practicing in rural and underserved Georgia.

Earmarked by fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff is $3.5 million for Augusta University Medical Center to fund the purchase and installation of two MRI machines. The goal is to increase the capacity of MRI imaging to accommodate the anticipated 80,000 annual MRI scans predicted by 2029, according to Ossoff’s staff.

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