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East Point Mayor Discusses City’s Aging Infrastructure, Says Biden’s Plan Could Help

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and East Point Mayor Deana Ingraham tour East Point during his recent visit.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and East Point Mayor Deana Ingraham tour East Point during his recent visit.
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Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham says the city of East Point infrastructure is aging and that over 60 to 70% of the city’s infrastructure is more than 60 to 70 years old.

“We are experiencing a lot of, you know, main breaks, repairs that are being needed, and we’ve been investing a little over $3 million per year through our capital investment program to address it. But we need help,” Ingraham said on Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

Ingraham told show host Rose Scott that the city needs $326 million to repair the city’s water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure and that she’s optimistic that a deal between Republicans and Democrats will be reached to pass President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.

“Whatever deal is reached, I feel confident that East Point — and cities like East Point — will absolutely be able to benefit from what is passed,” said Ingraham.

During the conversation, the mayor reflected on some of the takeaways from U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s tour of East Point.

She also discussed East Point’s response during the pandemic and ways the city is working to expand transit options, attract developers and drive workforce development.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.