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GA DOT seeks public input on federally funded projects

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JESUP, GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation is seeking public review and comments for its draft copy of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in Southeast Georgia.

The four-year program aims improve transportation and the movement of goods across Georgia, expand the state's role in global commerce, reduce injury and fatal crashes on state roadways, and prioritize investments in Georgia's transportation infrastructure assets, according to a DOT news release.  

The draft STIP details federally funded transportation projects for non-urban areas for fiscal years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. These projects include new construction, improvements and maintenance for interstate highways, state routes and bridges, bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.

The Georgia DOT District Five Office in Jesup is holding one more open house for the public to see the draft plan, view maps of projects in the local area, speak to DOT staff, and formally offer comments on the program.

The general public can view projects planned for Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Brantley, Bryan, Charlton, Camden, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Pierce, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Wayne and Wheeler counties.  

Those counties that are designated "metropolitan areas" (areas with more than 50,000 in population) can review all of their projects through their Metropolitan Planning Organization. They will conduct their public review separate from these meetings. Chatham, Glynn and Liberty are included in Metropolitan Planning Organizations and not a part of the STIP, according to the DOT.

The next public meeting is from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Bulloch County Commissioners Chamber at 115 N. Main St. in Statesboro. See the Draft FY 14-17 STIP online at www.dot.ga.gov/stip.

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