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Transportation projects going on all over state
Hill Jack
Sen. Jack Hill

The maker of those orange barrels and cones used in highway construction should be enjoying a boom in business as around $3 billion in transportation funding will be spent around the state in the combined fiscal year 2016 and FY17 budgets.

As projects are being let, construction is beginning on road improvements, safety enhancements and funding for resurfacing of local roads. Whether it is projects already being constructed or plans on into the future, there is a flurry of activity as DOT is activating the plans already approved, and adding projects high on priority lists that were in limbo before the passage of HB 170.

This is a somewhat haphazard look at what is being planned, what has been contracted for and how local governments are benefitting from wider resources.

GDOT major mobility projects, next 10 years

I-285/I-20 East Interchange $534 million
I-285/I-20 West Interchange $910 million
I-285 West Wall Express Lanes, I-20 to I-75 $743 million
I-285 East Wall Express Lanes, I-85 to I-20 $659 million
Revive I-285, Express Lanes I-75 to I-85 $5.996 billion
I-16/95 Interchange and Widening I-16: I-95 to I-516 (2 projects - Savannah) $244 million
I-75 NB Truck Lanes; SR 155 (McDonough) to I-475 $2.06 billion
SR 400 Express Lanes; I-285 to McGinnis Ferry Road $2.42 billion
I-85 North widening; Hamilton Mill to SR 211 $261 million
I-85 North widening; SR 211 to U.S. 129 $344 million
Total $14.175 billion
Three large Atlanta area mobility projects are under construction this summer on I-75 and I-85 totaling $1.2 billion.

LMIG (Local maintenance and improvement grants)

Statewide total for FY16 $120 million
Statewide total for FY17 $156.5 million

Allocated LMIG funding for 4th District

Bulloch County FY16 $1,307,807 FY17 $1,707,232
Candler County FY16 $341,810 FY17 $445,269
Effingham County FY16 $766,243 FY17 $1,009,537
Emanuel County FY16 $872,893 FY17 $1,138,252
Evans County FY16 $266,286 FY17 $346,356
Johnson/Emanuel County FY16 $8,091 FY17 $10,597
Tattnall County FY16 $725,967 FY17 $946,737
Total $4,289,100 $5,603,980

City totals contained in the county totals

Bulloch - Unincorporated FY 2016 $1,067,501 FY 2017 $1,392,863
Brooklet FY 2016 $18,212 FY 2017 $24,501

Portal FY 2016 $10,178 FY 2017 $13,240
Register FY 2016 $1,963 FY 2017 $2,548
Statesboro FY 2016 $209,952 FY 2017 $274,078

Candler - Unincorporated FY 2016 $289,479 FY 2017 $377,239

Metter FY 2016 $48,258 FY 2017 $62,937
Pulaski FY 2016 $4,073 FY 2017 $5,091

Effingham – Unincorporated FY 2016 $634,643 FY 2017 $836,464

Guyton FY 2016 $26,553 FY 2017 $35,063
Rincon FY 2016 $79,989 FY 2017 $104,906
Springfield FY 2016 $25,056 FY 2017 $33,101

Emanuel – Unincorporated FY 2016 $717,716 FY 2017 $936,581

Garfield FY 2016 $4,207 FY 2017 $5,482
Nunez FY 2016 $3,309 FY 2017 $4,313
Stillmore FY 2016 $11,062 FY 2017 $14,407
Summerton FY 2016 $3,246 FY 2017 $4,211
Swainsboro FY 2016 $101,202 FY 2017 $131,807
Twin City FY 2016 $21,070 FY 2017 $27,405

Evans – Unincorporated FY 2016 $218,877 FY 2017 $285,131

Bellville FY 2016 $1,928 FY 2017 $2,505
Claxton FY 2016 $28,015 FY 2017 $36,058
Daisy FY 2016 $4,154 FY 2017 $5,412
Hagan FY 2016 $13,311 FY 2017 $17,248
Emanuel/Johnson - Adrian FY 2016 $8,091 FY 2017 $10,596

Tattnall - Unincorporated FY 2016 $611, 018 FY 2017 $797,352

Cobbtown FY 2016 $8,125 FY 2017 $10,562
Collins FY 2016 $9,362 FY 2017 $12,182
Glennville FY 2016 $52,968 FY 2017 $68,700
Manassas FY 2016 $2,349 FY 2017 $3,062
Reidsville FY 2016 $42,141 FY 2017 $54,875

Counties who passed the TSPLOST in 2012 are required to match with local funds only 10 percent of the LMIG grant, all others match with 30 percent. The FY 2017 budget (H.B. 751) may be found at http://www.senate.ga.gov/sbeo/en-US/AppropriationsDocuments.aspx. As always, I welcome any questions you may have.

I may be reached at
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(404) 656-5038 (phone)
(404) 657-7094 (fax)
E-mail at Jack.Hill@senate.ga.gov
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