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Half of Georgia’s Stimulus Money Spent

Updated: 3 years ago.
Georgia has spent more than half of its transportation stimulus money and the other half is spoken for, according to Department of Transportation officials. The Georgia DOT received $981 million to fund almost 500 projects, including road resurfacing, new road construction, bridge replacement, and safety projects. (Photo Courtesy GlennPeb via stock.xchng.)

Georgia has spent more than half of its transportation stimulus money and the other half is spoken for, according to Department of Transportation officials.

The Georgia DOT received $981 million to fund almost 500 projects. (Click here for a detailed list of those projects.)

“Most of our projects ended up being resurfacing projects because we had a great need for resurfacing, and they were the kind of projects we could get out the door quickly and meet the criteria that the federal government imposed,” said David Spear, spokesman for the transportation department. “We’ve got over 1,100 miles of resurfacing projects.”

Stimulus funds are also building new roads, like the North Gordon Bypass in Wilkinson County, which is part of the Fall Line Freeway stretching from Augusta to Columbus.

“[The freeway] provides that east-west connectivity that we so desperately need because other than [Interstate] 20, we don’t have a whole lot of east-west connectivity and we really need that for truck routes, both in middle Georgia and certainly in north Georgia,” Spear said.

The bypass project nearly completes the freeway except for a controversial section in Macon.

Stimulus funds are also paying to complete the second phase of the South LaGrange loop, and they’re funding congestion-relief studies on state routes 21 and 204 in Chatham County.

Among the other projects are widening I-75 in Macon to six lanes and buying rights of way for a new I-16 / I-75 interchange.

Stimulus money is also buying new buses for small transit systems and a new ferry boat for Savannah.

Click here to see a list of transportation projects paid for with stimulus funds and the status of the projects as of the end of 2010.

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