State officials announced projects that might be eligible for regional transportation tax dollars. That brings Georgia residents one step closer to seeing which projects a proposed sales tax might fund.
State Department of Transportation officials met the assembled media in Atlanta Wednesday to address its response and work during the crippling snow and ice storm that hit the state last week. DOT Commissioner Vance Smith said the agency as a whole "did a pretty good job" in treating and clearing interstates and roads during a multi-day stretch.
This week state lawmakers will be in budget hearings, the time when state agency heads outline their spending. For the Department of Transportation, it may need to be ready for questions about the recent snow storm that rolled through the Georgia last week.
Normal Georgia snow events last maybe 2 days, but freezing rain followed by freezing temperatures in North Georgia complicated everything. Now the DOT is under scrutiny, for not having enough snow equipment.
Trucking companies are taking a hit, as are retailers who don’t get shipments. The DOT’s been working around the clock to clear the region’s roads, but it’s been slow going. Lines of trucks simply parked on the interstates have been common.
Gov. Nathan Deal warned Georgians to stay off the roads if at all possible, saying treacherous conditions aren't going away anytime soon. Deal will still make his State of the State speech Wednesday, but it's been moved from the morning to 2 p.m.
Forecasters say there’s still plenty of concern with this winter storm for overnight into tomorrow morning. While snowfall has tapered-off across much of north and middle Georgia, the worry is for freezing rain to cause problems.