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Grant to help fund multiple GDOT projects

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Twenty-one road safety projects in 15 Southeast Georgia counties will soon be funded thanks to some grant money from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

As a part of GDOT's Off-System Safety Program, $1.8 million will be used by counties for projects like striping, vegetation removal, guardrail repairs and road widening. The OSS Program focuses mainly on low-cost safety improvements, which transportation officials say will reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on city streets and county road transportation officials say will reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on city streets and county roads.

"This is to help enhance their safety. We noticed a 45% of fatalities were on city streets and county roads. So we are looking to help the municipalities improve their safety on their roadways also by funding these programs,” said GDOT Communications Officer Jill Nagel.

Here's a partial breakdown of the money the state is awarding counties in our area. Effingham, Appling and Chatham are receiving the most. And while Effingham County's commissioners still have to vote on where they are putting the funds to use, Chatham County officials say you can expect to see lots of new paint on the roads for striping, specifically along Veterans Parkway, Jimmy DeLoach, Johnny Mercer and Little Neck Road to name a few.

Guardrail repair will also be a focus in Chatham County.

"A lot of people look at it as, well it's a road project, so why can't we just use SPLOST dollars for it. That's not the case. These are repair items, things we can't use SPLOST capital improvement money for. They are low-cost, they are not very expensive. As with any municipality or governing agency, when a big brother with the DOT comes along and says hey we would like to help you with your program, obviously we are very willing to take the help,” said Chatham County Engineer Leon Davenport.

Davenport says since the signing of the Transportation Funding Act, the GDOT has reached out more to local municipalities to not only help with safety projects, but also aesthetic improvements along roadways.

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