2017-09-07 / Front Page

DOT to hold open houses to showcase draft of STIP

East central Georgia citizens have an open invitation to be heard when the Georgia Department of Trans­portation showcases the Draft FY 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) next month.

Georgia DOT’s Tennille District Office will sponsor two open house meetings for STIP viewing. At these sessions, citizens can view maps of projects in the local area, discuss projects with GDOT staff and for­mally offer comments. The meetings are open to the public.

East central Georgia meetings will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the follow­ing dates and locations: l September 11, Dublin Mall (center court), 2005 Veterans Boule­vard, Dublin, Georgia, 31021. l September 12, Thomson- McDuffie Government Center, 210 Railroad Street, Thomson, Georgia, 30824.

The STIP is a four-year program 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, expanding Georgia’s role in global commerce, reducing injury and loss of life on Georgia’s roadways, and prioritizing investments in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure assets.

This document specifies feder­ally funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. These projects include, but are not limited to, new construction, improvements, maintenance for interstates and state routes, and bridges. Addi­tional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects, and public transit projects.

Citizens can view projects planned for district map counties/cities ex­cept Richmond County and parts of Columbia and Newton counties. Counties designated as part of “met­ropolitan areas” review all of their projects through their Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and will have their public review done independently. MPO’s address areas with more than 50,000 in population and are not a part of the STIP.

The following municipalities are still included in the STIP process: City of Covington; City of Mans­field; City of Oxford; City of Porter­dale; Town of Newborn; and the City of Harlem in Columbia County

The Draft FY 2018-21 STIP will also be available online at http:/ www.dot.ga.gov/IS/STIP.

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