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POSTED: June 8, 2011 10:00 a.m.

The group charged with whittling down a hefty list of regional transportation projects meets today to begin figuring out which projects get funding if voters approve a 1 percent sales tax next year.

The executive committee of the Coastal Georgia Regional Roundtable meets at noon at the Richmond Hill City Center.

Jimmy Burnsed, Bryan County commission chairman and roundtable executive committee chairman, said he doesn’t expect many decisions to be made during today’s meeting. He does expect plenty of discussion.

“We will be doing a cursory look at (the project list), with the goal of trying to reduce it down to $1.5 billion (worth of work),” Burnsed said.

Each county in the region, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven, sent their own unconstrained wish list of transportation needs earlier this year to state Department of Transportation planning director Todd Long.

All the projects totaled somewhere around $4.5 billion, and Long said he’s spent the past few months trying to cut out some of the projects that could be considered “too local” or inappropriate for what is supposed to be a regional list.

“In Bryan County, the Greenway project is a good example of a project that I didn’t include,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s not a good project, but it’s recreational in my mind and not suitable for this list.”

Long said ultimately, he’s been trying to make things a little easier for the executive committees. Still, the lists for each region total around two to three times more than the 1 percent tax is expected to produce, he said.

Read more in the June 8 edition of the News.

 

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