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Three Southern Georgia Communities Receive $900K in Infrastructure Funding

Three local governments in the Southern Georgia Regional have been named as recipients of over $900,000 in transportation infrastructure funding. Irwin County and the Cities of Lakeland and Ocilla were among the nineteen projects announced by Governor Nathan Deal on June 19th that had received approximately $18.1 million in Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) funding from the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).

“Here in the No. 1 state for business, we continue to make strides to keep up with and plan for Georgia’s future growth,” said Deal. “The GTIB program provides valuable resources to improve mobility in local communities while also strengthening Georgia’s transportation network. By awarding grants and loans to local governments and community improvement districts, GTIB helps to maintain our roads and bridges, improve congestion and accommodate the movement of freight traffic. The innovative transportation initiatives receiving these funds will benefit local communities for years to come and reinforce Georgia’s reputation as a top destination for businesses and job creators.”

SRTA received 32 applications from eligible local government entities in Georgia, including community improvement districts (CIDs). Funds distributed by GTIB must be used for capital expenses related to road and bridge infrastructure work. Staff from the Southern Georgia Regional Commission’s (SGRC) Transportation Division prepared and submitted the successful applications for both the City of Ocilla and Irwin County. This is the City of Ocilla’s second award of GTIB grant funds. In 2017, Ocilla was named as a recipient of $260,000 for a street resurfacing project.

Project descriptions and funding amounts for Irwin County (which received the only grant/loan combination awarded) and the Cities of Lakeland and Ocilla are listed below:

Irwin County

Clarence Paulk Road Paving Phase I and II

This project will pave and widen Clarence Paulk Road (County Road 37), which is currently a dirt road, for approximately 1.6 miles. This will improve safety and make the road passable during inclement weather, improving reliability for residents and commercial businesses utilizing the route.

GTIB Loan Award: $486,240
GTIB Grant Award: $261,289

City of Lakeland

Roadway Upgrades

This project will resurface more than two miles of critical transportation corridors within the city. Roadways not meeting optimal widths for two-way travel will also be widened. This project will improve safety, reliability and mobility.

GTIB Grant Award: $121,500

City of Ocilla

McKinley Street Widening

This project will widen McKinley Street from East 11th Street to Frank Road. The portion that is 21 feet in width will be resurfaced, the remaining section that is 16 feet will be widened to 21 feet. The project will improve safety and mobility by preventing vehicles from having to pull over on the shoulder to allow oncoming cars to pass and will address maintenance issues.

GTIB Grant Award: $49,198​

The remaining projects funded include: Assembly CID, Buckhead CID (BCID), North Fulton CID, South Fulton CID, Cobb County, Dougherty County, Forsyth County, Grady County, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Worth County, and the Cities of Avondale Estates, Carrollton, Gainesville, Peachtree Corners, and Thomasville.

Grant applications are evaluated on a competitive basis. The criteria include transportation/engineering merit, economic merit, matching funds and project specifics, such as the project phase and feasibility. Loan applications are evaluated based on creditworthiness and the merits of the project itself. An advisory committee comprised of stakeholder representatives reviews applications and provides feedback to SRTA staff, who then make recommendations to the SRTA board.

For more information about the GTIB program, contact SGRC Regional Planner Amy Martin at 229-333-5277 or amartin@sgrc.us.