Gov. Sonny Perdue approved $187 million in federal stimulus money for 51 paving, sidewalk and other transportation projects throughout the state Tuesday. The list includes repaving I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties, the most expensive stimulus road project in metro Atlanta so far.
That’s all on top of $207 million in highway projects Perdue approved in April.
Altogether Georgia is expecting $931 million in road money and more than $100 million for mass transit from the stimulus. The $787 billion federal program is meant to stimulate the economy with quick spending on shovel-ready projects.
The I-575 repaving, from I-75 to the Etowah River, is estimated to cost $29 million. That’s not the most expensive stimulus project in the whole state, and it’s far from a record-breaker in the state’s overall project lists. But the vast majority of transportation projects in the stimulus check in at under $10 million.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials hope to spread the money out on more projects in more areas of the state, rather than doing mega-projects in a few places. They don’t know the true cost of a project until bids come in.
Among metro Atlanta projects Perdue approved Tuesday, DeKalb County had a big handful. They include paving LaVista Road and pedestrian upgrades on Memorial Drive.
For metro Atlanta stimulus winnings, Gwinnett County remains the heavy hitter. It landed at least $19 million in this month’s list, including interchange improvements for Lawrenceville Highway at Pleasant Hill Road and at Beaver Ruin Road, in addition to more than $40 million worth of projects in the batch Perdue approved in April.