Lowndes County Officials Looking for Input on $1 Billion Transportation Budget

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Jul 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-07 19:58:00-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) - Officials in Lowndes County are looking for public input, after they create a transportation budget of one billion dollars.

The plan affects all of Lowndes County, as well as portions of Berrien, Brooks, and Lanier counties.

The Valdosta-Lowndes transportation budget is a 25 year plan, but is updated every five years. Officials hope to use the money for roadway capital, road maintenance, as well as rural and urban public transit.

Corey Hull, who is presenting the plan to the Valdosta City Council Tuesday night, says getting public opinion is important to making sure the money is going where it needs to go. "Well one of the things that we have been working on for the past two years is getting this input from the community, to say what kind of transportation projects would you want to see?"

Specific projects include improvements at Interstate 75 exits, as well as a bridge replacement at Howell Road and added travel lanes to U.S. 41 and I-75.

There are three meetings this month, where people give their input on where they think the money should go:

  • July 15: South Georgia Reg. Library from 4 p.m. To 7 p.m.
  • July 22: Southern Georgia Reg. Commission From 10 a.m. To 6 p.m.
  • July 30: Mcmullen Southside Library from 4 p.m. To 6:30 p.m.

The public comment period is until August 7th.