Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act. The fine settles possible violations during highway expansion projects. U-S Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials say, the Tennesse company and the Georgia agency will pay $1.5 million in penalties and spend $1.3 million more to resolve environmental issues.
The state has certified Dobbins Mountain in northeast Georgia as a wildlife refuge. People opposing a plan to cut a highway through the land hope this will force the state Department of Transportation to abandon the route.
The chairman of the Georgia Department of Transportation says Commissioner Vance Smith has resigned. State Transportation Board Chairman Rudy Bowen says he accepted Smith's resignation on Wednesday. The Columbus, Ga., native served as a state representative from 1993 until he was elected DOT commissioner in 2009.
Northwest Georgia and Atlanta regional officials are scheduled to propose their wish lists for a possible transportation tax Thursday. And with that, all of Georgia's twelve transportation regions will have wish lists ready to show voters. The lists detail how officials plan to spend a proposed penny sales tax for road and other projects.
A key state senator is speaking out against a controversial highway project in northwest Georgia that's been tied up in litigation for decades. Republican Senator Jeff Mullis of Chicamauga says the Highway 4-11 connector in Rome is needed, but he’s urging state and federal transportation officials to choose a different route.
Though some of these routes are federally subsidized, Delta not only will stop flights but also plans to retire the fleet of planes used for these cities. Four of the affected cities are in Alabama and Mississippi, with the remainder in the northern Midwest.
Georgia is expanding a pilot program that sanctions some parolees by putting them to work rather than returning them to prison. The program began in Milledgeville, Gainesville, Columbus and Dalton. This summer it will be expanding to communities across Georgia.
A private contractor begins maintenance work Friday for the state’s Department of Transportation on Interstate-95 along Georgia’s coast. It’s the first project of what might be several more to come, in a plan to save the agency money.
Snow fell across north Georgia overnight as predicted, but in metro Atlanta it did little more than coat lawns. Across the state, accumulation totals were mainly one inch or less. Exceptions were in some far north areas of Georgia - 1.5 inches for Cedartown/Polk Co., Dawsonville, and Lumpkin County.