T-SPLOST Projects Set For Several Central Georgia Counties

5:45 PM, Aug 2, 2012   |    comments
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Only three of the state's 12 regions approved the transportation referendum, or T-SPLOST, on Tuesday.

Laurens County is part of what's known as the Heart of Georgia Region, which approved the one-percent sales tax.

For 12 years, Gail Rogers has called Springhaven Road in Laurens County home.

She points out pot holes and patchwork along the road.

"A lot of people use it as a cut through from 441 to 257," she said.

The amount of traffic has only increased since West Laurens High School opened a few years ago.

"See they don't slow down," said Rogers.

Springhaven and several other roads in Laurens County will now get a face lift after the T-SPLOST was approved by voters in that region.

"I didn't want it to go through, but if they're really going to use it for the right reasons then that's a positive definitely," said Rogers.

The one-percent sales tax will raise money for dozens of projects from bridge replacements to road paving and resurfacing.

The biggest projects on tap according to county commissioner Buddy Adams will be a bridge over the Oconee River at Blackshear's Ferry and widening of Hillcrest Parkway.

Adams hopes those projects will boost economic development.

The T-SPLOST will also help fund dozens of projects in Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Treutlen and Wilcox counties.

For Rogers, the upgrades on her street are a welcomed sign.

"I think it's for the safety of the students and teachers and everybody else traveling on it, I think it's a real good thing," said Rogers.

That one-percent sales tax to fund the projects starts January first of next year.

In addition to the Heart of Georgia region, the two other regions that approved the T-SPLOST contain Central Georgia counties.

The Central Savannah River region covers Hancock and Washington counties.

Projects for Hancock County include: Improvements on Gettis Street and along Highway 22 West, as well as SR 15, the Sparta Bypass.

In Washington County, the Sandersville Bypass, State Route 15 will be upgraded and Deepstep Road will be resurfaced.

Most of the projects for the region are in Richmond County which is Augusta and Columbia county, where I-20 crosses into South Carolina.

The River Valley Region also approved the T-SPLOST and includes Crisp, Dooly, Macon and Taylor counties.

Projects in Crisp county include: The widening of US 280 from the county line to the SR 300 connector and a bridge on the highway over Lake Blackshear.

In Dooly county, US 41 will get passing lanes and traffic signals. State Route 224 in Macon County will also get passing lanes.

The bridge over Whitewater Creek on State Route 128 will be replaced and East Railroad Street will be widened.

In Taylor County, the Bickley Road Bridge over Patsiligia Creek will be replaced. Most of the projects in this region are in Muscogee County, which is Columbus.

Doug Callaway, Executive Director of the Georgia Transportation Alliance says projects will be under local control.

To see a complete list of the T-SPLOST projects in your area click here.

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