Perdue certifies first batch of stimulus cash for roads

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:

CHEROKEE COUNTY

Repaving Ga. 140 (Hickory Flat Highway, other names) from west of I-575 to Fulton County line — $3.9 million

CLAYTON COUNTY
Repaving Ga. 3 from I-285 to Cleveland Avenue — 1.3 million

FULTON COUNTY
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

GWINNETT COUNTY

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

7 comments Add your comment

IC Atlanta

April 9th, 2009
4:23 pm

Wow I feel like the economy is turning around already. I recall reading in economic history that repaving roads is always the way to get out of a recession.

What about raking leaves in the woods? There are lots of leaves that will give plenty of work.

What will the politicos come up with next to save us from ourselves?

GeorgiaDriver

April 9th, 2009
11:30 pm

So let me get this straight.. we are getting a BILLION DOLLARS, but not using any of it to actually address the huge mess of traffic we like to call atlanta?

If Perdon’t were serious about spurring the economy, he wouldn’t blow hundreds of millions of dollars in suburbs whose sole economies are built around wal-mart and golden corral. Once the federal money is spent, Gwinnett/Cherokee/wherever will go back to being nothing.

David

April 10th, 2009
10:27 am

I need a countdown to the end of Perdue’s term… such a useless governor.

Georgia 1st

April 10th, 2009
11:21 am

At least Perdue didn’t say he wouldn’t take the stimulus money like other southern govenors.

Jason

April 10th, 2009
3:11 pm

What about this new 5 million dollar airplane hanger for Mr. Perdue at Hartsfield? Was that a C.W. Matthews crew doing that work? They only bid on state contracts.

Have you ever seen the wasted labor on one of these paving crews? They all just stand around and look at the ground instead of actually working. They need let someone else pave besides C.W. Matthews. Maybe one who has not been hit by immigration in the last 90 days.

Reg373

April 10th, 2009
6:39 pm

The state budgets will bounce back next year. Look at these hundreds of billions now pouring in to everything. This economy will be turning around within months — found a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth

Mike

April 13th, 2009
2:01 pm

Sonny’s really not doing anything, the stimulus plan is already laid out for him as to how the money’s to be spent. Useless, useless useless. Seems things work best in this state when he doesn’t have to think.