DOT to hold meetings on STIP plans

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Transportation will be presenting a draft of the FY 2011 - 2014 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for public review and comment.

STIP is a four-year program that outlines federally funded transportation projects for communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The projects include new construction, operational and safety improvements, bridge replacements, and maintenance for interstates, state routes and bridges. Other projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects, according to the DOT.

Residents can view the draft of the program, view maps of projects, discuss the project with DOT staff and comment on the plan.

Projects will be on view for these counties: Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Effingham, Evans, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Pierce, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Ware, Wayne and Wheeler.

The meetings are scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the GDOT District 5 Conference Room and from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Statesboro Mall.

Projects for other counties in the region that are part of a Metropolitan Planning Organization will be available for public comment in a future separate meeting.

The Draft FY 11-14 STIP will also be available online

The Nov. 2 general election ballot will include a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the Georgia DOT to enter into multi-year construction agreements to reduce long-term construction costs paid by the state.

The ballot measure would not add any new taxes; it would allow better use of funds currently collected, according to the Georgia DOT. For more information, go to the DOT website.

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