Gwinnett County to Receive $1 Million from Department of Transportation Grant

Funding will support Singleton Road Corridor Technology Improvements

March 22, 2023

Duluth, GA — Today, Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-07) announced that the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation will be awarded a $1,053,400 Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grant from the United States Department of Transportation. The SMART grant award will fund technology innovations along the Singleton Road corridor, an area of Gwinnett County which has tragically seen several pedestrians killed by motorists. This funding was supported by McBath in a letter of support to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg last November. 

“I was so pleased to support this award of federal funding to our county,” McBath said. “This SMART grant award is a result of the hard work of the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and Department of Transportation. Their forward-thinking approach to local government is what enables this county to continue to grow and thrive, and I am so pleased that Secretary Buttigieg and the U.S. Department of Transportation recognize what we know to be true in Gwinnett County—our community is at the leading edge of progress and safety for all. I truly believe this funding will not only improve transit, but it will also save lives.”

“Every major advancement in the history of U.S. transportation has involved technological progress,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The investments we are making today are about fostering innovations that improve people’s day-to-day lives, making transportation safer, more reliable, more efficient, and more sustainable.”    

“Gwinnett leverages its planning efforts and transportation improvements with innovation,” said Gwinnett County Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson. “The SMART grant will allow us to update our former plans and implement solutions to ensure safe, efficient and smooth travel across the county. I would like to thank Congresswoman McBath for recognizing the importance of these investments for transportation safety in our community.”

“This award wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Congresswoman McBath and the backing of our chairwoman and commissioners,” said Gwinnett County Department of Transportation Director Lewis Cooksey. “We look forward to developing and implementing innovative technologies to enhance the safety of pedestrians and transit users along Singleton Road. This SMART grant will provide us the ability to find creative solutions that work for the residents of this corridor, and ultimately throughout the county as part our ongoing effort to ensure Gwinnett is the preferred community where everyone thrives.”      

The SMART discretionary grant program was established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021. $100 million is appropriated annually for fiscal years (FY) 2022-2026. The Singleton Road Corridor project was one of 392 application submissions to the FY22 SMART Grants Program.