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GDOT Speeding Up Spending To Help Create Jobs.
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   This week the State Transportation Board voted to accelerate 350-million dollars in construction projects that will save and generate jobs, while improving roads all across Georgia.

   The money is cash that GDOT already has on hand.  They are state funds that will be spent on top of other funds for a variety of projects in every corner of Georgia.  By moving up the date for consideration of bids by about two months, GDOT will create more jobs sooner than originally planned.

   "We actually have money in the bank," said Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Goldberg.  "It's not borrowed money or anything like that  we have a surplus in there, and they decided to authorize the use of 350-million dollars right now to go ahead and get some projects moving in Georgia and hopefully create some new jobs, and hopefully save some of the jobs that are out there in the transportation industry."

    It is still unclear exactly how many jobs will be created or saved, but the number of potential projects could easily number in the dozens, with mostly maintenance-type construction like repaving state roads and highways.  But those too are yet to be determined.

   "It was just some projects based on the initial direction that the board had given our chief engineer," said Goldberg.  "We have better direction based on the meetings today and yesterday.  We're going to go back, and he's got to add some projects to that look at that could come up to the table quicker and be ready for letting in January and February."

   A list of possible projects includes several for the metro area, like sidewalks, intersections and noise barriers in Fulton county to resurfacing parts of I-75 and state road 54 in Clayton.

   DeKalb County could see part of 285 resurfaced; the same is true for Cobb at West Paces Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody.  Douglas County could also see work on state road 166.

   None of the projects would interfere with any that are already underway. 

   "We're going to still continue our regular program during this entire time," stressed the DOT's Goldberg.  "This is not replacing anything this is just in addition to it so we'll actually be releasing more projects and getting more workers to work."

 

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