Gov. Sonny Perdue gave the go-ahead on Thursday for the state to accept more than $200 million in federal stimulus funds for road projects around the state.
The money, which represents about a quarter of the state’s total stimulus package for roads and bridges, will go for 67 projects. The project list comes from a larger plan the state Department of Transportation has for the nearly $1 billion Georgia will receive from the federal stimulus plan for road and bridge projects.
“This first batch of projects includes some badly needed bridge repairs, resurfacing projects on highways with some of our lowest pavement ratings and two widening projects that will improve congestion and safety and spur economic activity,” Perdue said in announcing that he had submitted the necessary paperwork with the U.S. Department of Transportation to accept the money.
In the letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Perdue said more projects will be certified for stimulus funding as the state DOT and metropolitan planning organizations amend their project lists.
Under the guidelines included in the stimulus legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in February, the state must obligate at least $326 million in projects by June. That will include 135 projects costing more than $512 million. Perdue’s announcement on Thursday is the first batch.
Included among metro Atlanta projects are:
Repaving Ga. 140 (Hickory Flat Highway, other names) from west of I-575 to Fulton County line — $3.9 million
Repaving Ga. 3 from I-285 to Cleveland Avenue — 1.3 million
Repaving Ga. 139 from West Whitehall Street to Cascade Avenue — $643,500
Repaving Fairburn Highway from Roosevelt Highway to South Fulton Parkway — $2.3 million
Bridge repair I-85 at Ga. 324/Gravel Springs Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Buford — $13.16 million
Increased capacity of McGinnis Ferry Road exit from Lawrenceville-Suwanee to Satellite Boulevard — $24.4 million