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Board lists $250M in county roads needs

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POSTED: February 15, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Highway widening and interchange upgrades are among some of the transportation improvements county officials wants to tackle if a special sales tax gets approved next year.

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners met during a called work session Tuesday before the regularly scheduled meeting at the administrative complex in South Bryan. They made a list of projects they’d like to see accomplished in 10 years as part of the Transportation Investment Act of 2010.

Bryan County’s list sticks mostly to road widening. County Administrator Phil Jones presented a suggested list of projects was complied from a 2009 state transportation plan and a 2007 transportation plan from Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung, an engineering consulting firm in Savannah. The total cost of the projects amounts to nearly $250 million.

Jones said the commissioners should have lots of requests since some projects will fall off the list when the state Department of Transportation and the transportation roundtable get its hands on the list and starts prioritizing projects.

“We need to include, we need to submit, even if it is $250 million worth of projects,” he said.

Commissioner Carter Infinger agreed.

“I think we need to submit as many pertinent roads that we can,” he said. “They’re going to cut it anyway.”

For more, pick up a copy of the Feb. 12 edition of the News.

 

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