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SW GAns encouraged to comment on GDOT projects

GDOT Press release:

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is making available the draft FY 2015 - 2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in Southwest Georgia for public review and comment.

The STIP specifies federally-funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. These projects include, but are not limited to, new construction, improvements, and maintenance for interstates, state routes and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.

The Georgia DOT District 4 Office in Tifton will sponsor two Open House meetings where the public can view the draft FY 15-18 STIP in Southwest Georgia, view maps of projects in the local area, discuss projects with GDOT staff, and formally offer comments. The meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Meetings for Southwest Georgia will be held:

Aug. 25

 

5-7 p.m.

Mall at Waycross
2215 Memorial Drive
Waycross, GA

Sept. 2

5-7 p.m.

Tifton Mall
458 Virginia Ave.
Tifton, GA

The general public is invited to view projects planned for Atkinson, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lee (northern half), Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties.

Counties that are designated “metropolitan areas” review all of their projects through their Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and will have their public review done independently. MPOs in Southwest Georgia are the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study MPO, which includes the city of Albany, Dougherty County and the southern half of Lee County, and the Valdosta-Lowndes MPO.

The draft FY 15-18 STIP will also be available on the internet at www.dot.ga.gov/stip. The Department looks forward to working with the public during the development of the draft FY 15-18 STIP.

GDOT invites northeast GAns to review, comment on planned projects

Via press release from GDOT:

GEORGIA DOT SEEKS PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT ON ITS FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROJECTS

GAINESVILLE, Ga.–The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is making available the Draft FY 2015 - 2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in Northeast Georgia for public review and comment.

The STIP is a four-year program that is 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, expand Georgia’s role in global commerce, reduce injury and loss of life on Georgia’s roadways, and prioritize investments in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure assets.   The STIP specifies federally funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. These projects include, but are not limited to, new construction, improvements, and maintenance for interstates and state routes, and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.

The Georgia DOT District One Office serving Northeast Georgia will sponsor two Open House meetings where the public can view the Draft FY 15-18 STIP, view maps of projects in the local area, discuss projects with GDOT staff, and formally offer comments. The meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Meetings in Northeast Georgia will be held:

August 26, 2014   5-7 PM                                             September 24, 2014   5-7PM
@ Pickens County Library                                            @ Elbert County Public Library
100 Library Lane                                                          345 Heard Stree  
Jasper, GA 30143                                                        Elberton, GA 30635

The general public is invited to view projects planned for Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White. Projects for other counties in this region that are part of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (areas with more than 50,000 in population) will be available for public comment in a separate meeting, at a later date through their Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The Draft FY 15-18 STIP will also be available on the internet at www.dot.ga.gov/stip

Columbus Mayor, GDOT Board member to visit Denmark, Sweden

This is fantastic news for bike advocacy in Georgia:
 
The Knight Foundation has extended invitations to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Georgia Department of Transportation Board member Sam Wellborn, both of Columbus, Georgia to join a group of “Civic Innovators” Complete Street in Swedenfrom nine U.S. cities on an all-expense paid trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the world’s “most livable cities”. The trip will take place from August 23-29, 2014 and will study building more livable, sustainable and engaged cities. The trip will include a master class at the Copenhagen studio of Gehl Architects, meetings and tours with Copenhagen public officials and a side trip to Malmo, Sweden, to explore its transformation from an industrial port city to a burgeoning high-tech economy. Participants will be challenged to address how these best practices may be adapted to improve their own communities. 
 
For one of GDOT's Board members to see what is arguably the most bike friendly city in the world in action...it's an amazing opportunity for the state of Georgia.
 
As if that's not exciting enough, Columbus is the site of our upcoming, 5th annual Georgia Bike Summit - what perfect timing for the mayor to see what's possible for Columbus!

GDOT wants to hear from you

Ever want to tell the Georgia Department of Transportation´╗┐ how you would prioritize transportation funding? Now's your chance!

Through the end of September, GDOT is soliciting public input on your "current transportation habits and expenses" and what you want GDOT to do to meet your "current and future transportation needs."

It's a short survey - speak up and speak for bikes!

We've moved!

Georgia Bikes is now based in Savannah.

We're sharing a great new office space with Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Healthy Savannah, located at the SW corner of E Henry St & Lincoln St, just a few blocks southeast of Forsyth Park.

Stop by and visit if you're ever in Savannah!

Our new official mailing address is:

Georgia Bikes, Inc.
PO Box 10045
Savannah, GA 31412