ALBANY, Ga. — Albany City Commissioners will get an update from city staff on the projects proposed under the state’s ambitious transportation sales tax initiative today.
In advance of the meeting, The Herald has obtained the proposed constrained list of projects for each of the counties in the Southwest Regional area.
If approved by voters during a referendum in July of 2012, the region would assess an additional 1 percent sales tax on all purchases for the next 10 years, which would generate revenues to fund transportation improvements in each of the counties within the region.
For Dougherty County, the constrained list includes partial funding for construction of a bridge and roadway to extend Clark Avenue over the Flint River to West Albany; the widening of Ledo Road; widening of Old Dawson Road; improvements to the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport; the widening of State Highway 133 from Albany to Interstate 75; Clark Avenue improvements from the Liberty Expressway to Cordele Road; and the extension of Westover Boulevard to Ledo Road.
While the roundtables of mayors and county commissioners who are hammering out the lists across the state have had issues in some regions, officials here say the process has been fair and smooth.
“The Executive Committee, under the leadership of (Chairman Jeff “Bodine” Sinyard), worked very hard to be as fair as possible to each county in the region,” Dan Bollinger, executive director for the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission, which is overseeing the implementation of TIA, said. “He also did a great job of representing Dougherty County. If passed, (S.R.) 133 from Albany to I-75 at Valdosta will be completed, courtesy of this group and Todd Long, planning director for (the Georgia Department of Transportation.)”
The widening of S.R. 133 has long been a request of Marine Corps officials connected with Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and had been viewed as a possible hurdle to keeping the base should another Base Realignment and Closure Committee be formed.