The main winter storm has now pushed out of Georgia, leaving a parting gift of two more inches of snow Wednesday night from Macon north. Winter storm warnings will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday because of the chance for more light snow wrapping around the back end of the system.
State transportation officials are demanding contractors say exactly when they'll finish a $23 million project on Georgia's coast. A new bridge to Skidaway Island was supposed to be finished last year. But now a contractor says the opening date has to be pushed back again.
Authorities say they plan to quit collecting tolls on Georgia 400 in late November and begin dismantling the giant toll plaza in January. In 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the end of the .50-cent tolls and said the toll booths -- near the northern edge of Atlanta -- would be removed.
State transportation officials say cost is a big reason they aren't putting up more railroad crossing gates. The number of highway-railroad crossing deaths or injuries was up last year, from 34 in 2011 to 47 in 2012. The state gets about $8 million in federal funds for railroad crossing safety.
State and local officials say cost is one of the many issues preventing gate and bell systems from being installed at Georgia's roughly 5,000 public rail crossings. State officials say there are more than 3,300 rail crossings in Georgia that have no gates or bells to warn approaching drivers.
Exactly one year ago Georgia voters went to the polls to cast their ballots and decide the fate of the state’s Transportation Investment Act (TIA). The act allowed each of the state’s 13 regions to decide whether to implement an additional penny sales tax for transportation, which was commonly referred to as T-SPLOST.
The Georgia Department of Transportation said in a news release that it has awarded a $176.2 million contract to build variable-rate toll lanes on a stretch of Interstate 75 in Henry and Clayton counties. The lanes are supposed to improve the congested interstate corridor south of Atlanta.