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 Thursday it will work with federal authorities to reconsider a proposed route for Highway 411. The freeway would connect Rome to Interstate 75. Governor Nathan Deal said he received a letter from the National Highway Administration asking for the state to come up with alternatives.
The American Civil Liberties Union will help the Ku Klux Klan in its bid to join Georgia's highway cleanup program as a legal fight looms. ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Debbie Seagraves tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the civil rights group will assist the Klan in its battle with the state. The International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied to join the "Adopt-A-Highway" program along part of Route 515 in the north Georgia mountains.
The Georgia Welcome Center located off U.S. Highway 301 in Screven County is one of a kind — the last of the state's original welcome centers from the 1960s to remain open. Now the 50-year-old building has been added the National Register of Historic Places, the federal government's list of the nation's most historically significant buildings and locations.
Federal authorities have approved Gov. Nathan Deal's request that tolls be lowered on Interstate 85 during non-peak hours. It's the latest step in efforts to improve the traffic flow in the so-called HOT lanes on I-85 in parts of Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.
Some of Georgia's largest companies are lobbying state and federal officials to raise weight limits on highways in the states, a move they say will help the economy and the environment. State officials worry about safety and maintenance issues if heavier trucks are allowed on Georgia roads. Morris News Service reports that a coalition of major shippers, including Coca-Cola, Georgia-Pacific and International Paper, wants the weight limits raised.
A $6.8 million project to create a gateway into Fort Benning from Interstate Highway 185 is completed. Four monuments have been erected along Victory Drive as part of the gateway to represent the Infantry School and Armor School at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
Highway safety advocates are concerned Georgia isn't doing enough to prepare for the thousands of new trucks expected on the roads in the coming years. Harbor expansion at the Port of Savannah alone could double truck traffic on Savannah-area roads.
Georgia has the nation’s ninth best road system according to a report released Thursday. The annual study by Reason Foundation compares state’s Interstate highways and roads in a range of categories. It’s the second year in a row the state placed ninth. Georgia was fourth overall in 2000 but has fallen in the rankings ever since.