Georgia officials announce major transportation initiative

ATLANTA — Georgia officials this week proposed a massive list of transportation projects aimed at tackling a backlog of infrastructure improvements and helping commuters.

In total, the project represent a $2.2 billion investment over the next 18 months more than $10 billion over the next 10 years. The plan was made possible through the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, officials said.

“In order to maintain our roads and bridges, improve congestion and accommodate the movement of freight traffic, we could no longer afford to kick the can down the road,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement. “Legislators on both sides of the aisle took action, working together to pass legislation addressing these critical needs. Today, we are delivering on our promise.”

The list of projects include additional toll lanes, much like the express lanes currently under construction along Interstate 75 in Cobb County and elsewhere in the Atlanta area. Taxpayers can log onto www.GAroads.org to track spending and progress. of the projects.

“Over the next 18 months, GDOT will deliver contracts that resurface nearly 2,500 miles of roads, replace more than 100 bridges, and provide critical rehabilitation to more than 300 bridges,” Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry said in a statement. “Our first priority is to take care of the existing transportation system which is reflected in our vision for the next decade and beyond. Using the recent successes of the innovative Design Build and Finance method on the I-285/400 project and Northwest Corridor project as a blueprint, we will continue to deploy similar strategies to improve people and freight mobility throughout our state.”​

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