H. R. 4926
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 22, 2004
Mr. Burns (for himself, Mr. Norwood, Mr. Scott of Georgia, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Barrett of South Carolina, and Ms. Majette) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To require a study and report regarding the construction and designation of a new interstate from Savannah, Georgia to Knoxville, Tennessee.
This Act may be cited as the
Interstate 3/3rd Infantry Division Highway Initiation Act of 2004.
Congress finds the following:
Consistent with the original purposes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways there is a need for a direct interstate highway link between Fort Gordon, Eisenhower Army Regional Medical Center, the Augusta Veterans Administration Hospitals, Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and the Port of Savannah which is in the strategic defense interest of the Nation.
East Georgia, Western North Carolina, and the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee are underserved by north-south interstate highways, and would benefit economically and through increased public safety by establishment of an interstate highway extending from Savannah, Georgia, to Knoxville, Tennessee, following a route generally defined through Sylvania, Waynesboro, Augusta, Lincolnton, Elberton, Hartwell, Toccoa, and Young Harris, Georgia; and Maryville, Tennessee.
The United States Army 3rd Infantry Division of Fort Stewart, Georgia provided the
Tip of the Spear in the War on Terror in Iraq. This Division sacrificed their blood and lives so that their fellow Americans can live in peace and freedom. These soldiers conquered Najaf, seized Saddam International Airport and Saddam Hussein's palaces, and led the fighting on the day of Baghdad's historic liberation.
A new interstate highway designated
United States Interstate Route 3 should be constructed on the route described in this section between Savannah, Georgia and Knoxville, Tennessee.
This interstate highway should be named the
3rd Infantry Division Highway, in honor of the professionalism, heroism, and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Army 3rd Infantry Division in defending their Nation's freedom.
STUDY AND REPORT
Not later than December 31, 2004, the Secretary of Transportation shall study and report to the appropriate committees of Congress regarding the steps and estimated funding necessary to designate and construct a new interstate (Interstate Route I–3) for the 3rd Infantry Division 6 Highway, from Savannah, Georgia to Knoxville, Tennessee 7 (formerly the Savannah River Parkway).