Georgia DOT Seeks Public Review and Comment on Federally-Funded Projects

| August 21, 2014

GDOT-LogoTIFTON, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is making available the draft FY 2015 – 2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in Southwest Georgia for public review and comment.

The STIP is a four-year program that is designed to achieve Georgia’s transportation goals as envisioned by the Governor and State Transportation Board for improving the mobility of people and goods across the state, expand Georgia’s role in global commerce, reduce injury and loss of life on Georgia’s roadways, and prioritize investments in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure assets. The STIP specifies federally-funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. These projects include, but are not limited to, new construction, improvements, and maintenance for interstates, state routes and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.

The Georgia DOT District 4 Office in Tifton will sponsor two Open House meetings where the public can view the draft FY 15-18 STIP in Southwest Georgia, view maps of projects in the local area, discuss projects with GDOT staff, and formally offer comments. The meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Meetings for Southwest Georgia will be held:

Aug. 25

5-7 p.m.

Mall at Waycross

2215 Memorial Drive

Waycross, GA

Sept. 2

5-7 p.m.

Tifton Mall

458 Virginia Ave.

Tifton, GA

The general public is invited to view projects planned for Atkinson, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lee (northern half), Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties.

Counties that are designated “metropolitan areas” review all of their projects through their Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and will have their public review done independently. MPOs in Southwest Georgia are the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study MPO, which includes the city of Albany, Dougherty County and the southern half of Lee County, and the Valdosta-Lowndes MPO.

The draft FY 15-18 STIP will also be available on the internet at www.dot.ga.gov/stip. The Department looks forward to working with the public during the development of the draft FY 15-18 STIP.

Source: GDOT

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