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8-2-05 NEGA Area Counties (Other Than Democratic Athens) Losing on Federal Projects

Where is U. S. 441 South in Oconee and Morgan? Where is GA Highway 15 upgrade in Greene and Oconee and the Watkinsville Hwy 15 Connector? What about Mars Hill Road improvements in Oconee, that has been studied since 1998? Where is serious effort to Upgrade GA 316 in Oconee and Barrow? And so on…….

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August 1, 2005

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NEGA Area Counties (Other Than Democratic Athens) Losing on Federal Projects

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

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News of the new federal transportation bill was in the weekend newspapers over the weekend…However, all the area projects are in Athens.   Oh, $ 1 Million was set aside for upgrading GA 316.  That is about nothing!   It is probably another “STUDY” to be added to the stack of reports we already have on that road.

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Where is U. S. 441 South in Oconee and Morgan?  Where is GA Highway 15 upgrade in Greene and Oconee and the Watkinsville Hwy 15 Connector?   What about Mars Hill Road improvements in Oconee, that has been studied since 1998?   Where is serious effort to Upgrade GA 316 in Oconee and Barrow?   And so on…….

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Despite the “chest beating” of some local politicians, the real results are very disappointing for this area.  For decades, NEGA and particularly Oconee County, was “behind the door” when Federal Highway projects were funded.   Much emphasis in ACORTS had been on the best routes for Athens.Access and Interchanges in Oconee and Barrow counties were not important.

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During the 90’s we worked to change that.   Our Democratic Senator Paul Broun and Democratic Representative Frank Stancil were very helpful in that process.   We were successful in getting Separated Interchanges for US 441 at GA 53 at Watkinsville and at GA 316 at U.S. 78.We got commitments for upgrading Experiment Station Road (GA 53) and Mars Hill Road from the Watkinsville By Pass to GA 316; and for the Oconee Connector - Jennings Mill Parkway plans.

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Unfortunately, the funding has been lost or redirected for many of these projects. Our local officials took their eye off the “Transportation Ball” and got caught up in “Ballfields”.   Our State Representative got caught up in “fighting” GA DOT over tolls.   Our Congressman is caught up in new Interstates for Augusta and GA 316 seems now to be an “orphan”.

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Citizens in area counties need to wake up!  We are not getting our share of Federal Funding.If there is any doubt, just read the numbers!

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SEE:

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6-16-03 Oconee Federal Highway Projects are Falling Behind

9-5-03 Governor Unveils $4 Million Highway Bond Projects--LITTLE IN NORTHEAST GA!

9-21-04 GA 316 Update for Barrow County

Some Legislators Want To Shift GA DOT Funding to Metro Atlanta

GA DOT FUNDING MAY VARY FROM COMMUNITY TO COMMUNITY

1-11-05 GA 316 Needs Money Not Headlines and Talk

5-2-05 Major GA DOT Projects Underway in Area But Not Oconee County

 4-22-05 GA 316, University Parkway, Dreams, Vision and Reality

3-22-05 Time & University Parkway (GA 316) Vision Slipping Away?


7-30-05 NEGA - John Barrow District Gets More Federal Highway Funding Than Norwood's

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The Athens Banner-Herald

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/073005/new_20050730054.shtml

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July 30, 2005   By Todd DeFeo

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Road bill OK paves way for projects - wins $ 5.8 million

Athens-Clarke County will receive almost $ 5.8 million in federal money as part of a transportation bill Congress approved Friday that is now awaiting approval by the president…….

"I think we got the best deal you could possibly get under the circumstances," Barrow said. …..

A combined $ 2.64 million in funding to study the proposed Interstate 3 between Savannah and Knoxville, Tenn., which would pass through Northeast Georgia, and the suggested Interstate 14 between Natchez, Miss., and Augusta is also included in the bill………..

Taxpayers for Common Sense, which tracks such projects in the bill that runs more than 1,000 pages, said it has found 6,361 highway, bus and rail projects worth about $ 23 billion…..

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Area gains

Congress on Friday approved "The Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users" (TEA-LU). The bill includes the following projects in the Athens area:

$ 4.32 million for a West Cleveland Bypass in White County.

$ 4.32 million for an extension to the Toccoa Bypass in Stephens County.

$ 3.36 million for a new interchange at Interstate 20 and Carey Station Road in western Greene County.

$ 1.86 million to build an extension of the North Oconee River Greenway Trail, connecting the University of Georgia and Dudley Park in Athens.

$ 1.6 million to construct an interchange on the Athens Perimeter at Peter Street and Olympic Drive in Athens.

$ 1.32 million to study the proposed Interstate 3 between Savannah and Knoxville, Tenn., which would pass through Northeast Georgia.

$ 1.32 million to study the proposed Interstate 14 between Natchez, Miss., and Augusta.

$ 1.2 million to help purchase new clean-diesel buses for the Athens Transit System.

$ 1.12 million for the Athens-Clarke County Rail-Trail Project which would help develop sections of abandoned rail corridors into a bicycle/pedestrian transportation network.

$ 1 million for upgrades to Georgia 316 from Interstate 85 to the Athens Perimeter, including new interchanges and HOV lanes.


The Savannah Morning News

http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/072905/3192817.shtml

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July 30, 2005

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Road money headed our way (Savannah)
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Projects to be funded by long-sought passage of federal transportation funding bill.

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By Larry Peterson

Savannah-area projects likely will receive more than $ 19 million under a multiyear $ 286.5 billion federal transportation measure Congress passed Friday.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., said the measure includes $ 4.6 million for his 12th Congressional District, which includes most of Savannah but extends to Athens and Augusta.

The Augusta Chronicle

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/073005/edi_4778173.shtml

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July 30, 2005    - EDITORIAL

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Highway Help

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Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff

No doubt, like other fiscal conservatives, we'll find plenty of pork and waste to criticize in the humongous $ 286.4 billion highway and transit funding bill that Congress is sending to President Bush, but that doesn't gainsay the fact there's much in the measure that is very good news for the state, particularly the Augusta area.

For instance, there's $ 13.4 million in Richmond and Columbia County road widening projects that will be a …..


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