Road projects won’t be held up anymore because the state is widening or repaving an interstate highway nearby. A recently signed tweak to transportation funding law could move projects along because it exempts interstates and freight corridors from what’s called “congressional balancing.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced it plans to begin working on 17 infrastructure improvement projects throughout the state. A new $8.7 million bridge will be built to replace an outdated and narrow structure spanning Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River new the Olympic rowing venue in Hall County.
The Georgia Department of Transportation last week signed a contract to build the last nine-or-so miles of the Fall Line Freeway. Communities along the route are hopeful better access via the four-lane highway will mean new growth and new companies come to their areas.
A key link in the U.S. Highway 27 corridor of the Governor's Road Improvement Program has been launched. The Georgia Department of Transportation has authorized more than $26 million for work in Clay and Randolph counties in the north/south project.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says it has awarded $73.7 million in contracts for road improvements across the state. Among the projects: a new interchange on Interstate 75 south of Calhoun in Gordon County, replacing the Broad Avenue Bridge in Albany, and widening two miles of S.R. 347 near Lake Lanier in Hall County.
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.
State transportation officials want to start building more roads in Georgia before they have all the money to pay for them. Although voters rejected that idea Tuesday when Amendment 3 failed, officials will still push the plan.
Georgia transportation officials say their share of current federal stimulus money is not enough to reach all of the work that’s needed statewide. But there’s hope that President Obama’s new $50 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s transportation grid could change that.