Deal, DOT outline $10 billion road construction program

[private]The transportation tax passed by the General Assembly last year has proved so far to be the lucrative moneymaker the state hoped it would be: early collection figures show it will generate at least $1 billion a year or more to pay for road and bridge projects.

Gov. Nathan Deal and state transportation officials feel confident enough about the tax’s success that they unveiled plans Tuesday outlining how the money will be spent for short-term projects ($2.2 billion over the next 18 months) and long-term construction ($10 billion over 10 years).

“We are about to embark on a 10-year journey into Georgia’s future,” Deal said at a capitol news conference.

For the short term, the DOT will use the new money to resurface 2,500 miles of road and replace 110 structurally deficient bridges over the next 18 months, DOT Commission Russell McMurry said.

The long-range plan calls for express lanes on I-285 and Ga. 400, revamped interchanges at I-285 and I-20, and additional lanes on I-85 and I-16 leading into Savannah.

“There is work across the entire state of Georgia coming,” McMurry said. “It will be transformational for Georgia in the short term and the long term.”

Information about the highway construction projects is available at a new web page: www.GAroads.org.

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Tags: DOT , highway construction , Nathan Deal , Russell McMurry , transportation tax