One of the most talked about items on the primary ballot is the proposed transportation tax referendum. The controversial tax has prompted campaigns both for and against the penny tax and has divided regions in Georgia.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is calling on state transportation officials to add reversible lanes to north Georgia's congested Interstate 85. He would like to add movable barriers to the highway that would shift lanes to accommodate heavy traffic.
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.
Project wish lists for Georgia’s 12 transportation regions are almost complete. In 2012, voters will decide whether to pay a penny sales tax to fund the work. The process of whittling-down the lists -- and convincing voters to support them -- is a challenge for municipalities trying to serve voters locally, and support the region.
$270 million in federal loans will fund one of the state’s largest-ever transportation contracts. The type of project is what one state lawmaker calls the future of transportation building in Georgia. By adding toll lanes, the Northwest Corridor project could relieve congestion on a 30-mile stretch of Interstates 75 and 575 north of Atlanta. It’s a public-private partnership that could cost up to $1 billion. The public’s share would be about a third of that amount.