What’s on regional SPLOST road list, and what’s not

A preliminary first round of cuts has trimmed some $116.8 million in Fayette County road improvement projects from the equation, at least for now, when it comes to potential funding with a regional sales tax that will be considered by voters in June 2012.

Making the cut were some $130.8 million in projects inside Fayette County, not including another $22.5 million for arguably the most significant congestion-relief project which would be just across the county line in Fairburn: improvements to the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85.

Removed from the list were two costly projects estimated to be around $44 million each: widening Ga. Highway 279 from Hwy. 85 to the Fulton County line and operational improvements to Ga. Highway 92 from Ga. Highway 85 up to Oakley Industrial Boulevard in Fulton County.

The preliminary cuts also axed a multi-use path along Tyrone Road from Ga. Highway 74 to Ga. Highway 54 ($2 million), operational improvements on Hwy. 85 south of Fayetteville from Bernhard Road to Hwy. 74 ($5.8 million), operational improvements on Ga. Highway 92 south of Fayetteville from McBride Road to the Spalding County line ($414.1 million), intersection improvements at Ga. Highway 54 and Commerce Drive in Peachtree City ($1.2 million) and several smaller projects.

However, even though those projects were trimmed in this most recent round, they still can be added back into the funding mix by a majority vote of the 21-member Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable which includes two Fayette representatives: County Commission Chairman Herb Frady and Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

In addition to the I-85 and Hwy. 74 interchange, some other significant projects remain on the list for potential funding, but they still must survive further cuts as the roundtable aims at about $6 billion in estimated revenue the tax will get regionwide.

Still up for potential funding are the realignment of Ga. Highway 92 north as it comes into downtown Fayetteville, widening Ga. Highway 85 south of Fayetteville from Grady Avenue downtown to Bernhard Road, the gateway golf cart path bridge on Hwy. 54 West at MacDuff Parkway near the city limits, golf cart path connections for the southern tip of the Peachtree City industrial park and the widening of Hwy. 92 south of Fayetteville from Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard to McBride Road.

Also still on the list is the East Fayetteville Bypass, which would arc around Fayetteville running from Hwy. 85 north of town along Corinth Road, but the project assumes the road will spill out on Hwy. 85 south which so far has not been in the plans for the project.

A new project on the list added by state officials is a connector road between Hwy. 92 and Ga. Highway 138 near Union City. The project has a cost estimate of $18.3 million. According to the project datasheet, the road could be accomplished by widening Peters Road to four lanes. Peters Road and Lester Road are among the most-used “shortcuts” for those seeking access to I-85 in Union City.

BHH
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The best thing for Hwy 279 would be a 15 ft high brick wall at

the county line or a 50 ft wide moat.

This is the first I've ever heard of an assumption that the EFB would spill into Hwy 85.

It's never been proposed or in the plan.

Hwy 92 via Inman Rd. would be the closest state highway to target from the EFB and even that hasn't been proposed.

The state just approved golf cart use on state roads so the expensive overpasses and underpasses for them will not be needed in PTC.

If you want traffic to bypass Fayetteville then don't make any improvements on Hwy 85 south of town (or north of town for that matter).

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I didn't vote for the 1st SPLOST

AND I CERTAINLY WON'T VOTE FOR THIS ONE! FRADY, HORGAN, AND HEARN HAVE USED THE MONEY FOR PROJECTS THE PUBLIC HAVE TOLD THEM REPEATEDLY THEY DON'T WONT.

I WILL NOT GIVE ANOTHER PENNY TOWARDS BUILDING ROADS FOR FAMILY TRUST TO MAKE MILLIONS WHILE I GET NOTHING BUT A HIGHER TAX BILL!!!

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sugar

It won't matter how Fayette votes!

We are in the ARC and they all will vote for it and the majority rules for the region!

This was done this way so that things could get done that would be needed someday and not be held up locally by old people and young people and politicians trying to get elected!

Same kind of reason that the government gave the railroads millions of acres of land from East to West to build railroads--locals would have never allowed taxes for that!

Same with the Interstates.

Same with most anything----some state will object if they could! Especially GA.

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Yes that is correct roundie - all in the ARC will vote

and they will vote no, no, no , NO!
Or at least the outside the perimeter folks will. The anti-MARTA into the suburbs crowd will kill the transportation SPLOST. Not saying that's right, just sayin' that's what is gonna happen.

The non-taxpaying slugs that live inside the perimeter may also figger out that a sales tax will hit them when they buy their ciggies, lottery tickets and Colt 45. Then they vote no as well.

So who is voting yes, towelhead?

suggarfoot
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I won't vote for another SPLOST!!!

I never voted for the 1st! To vote to tax yourself so that a few get rich and you pay for roads you will never drive is insane.

Plus Frady, Horgan, and Hearn, have shown their spots. I wouldn't trust them with 2 nickels not to spend it on friends and family instead of me..the one who's money it was? remember me the taxpayer?

It is very sad what has happened here. Little Mr Bible Thumper should meet with his relatives in the family land trust down on 54/and the bypass and see how much of their wealth from this they would like to donate to the families down on Tillman Rd, etc. who are having their homes and lives destroyed for the betterment of the family land trust.

After all...it is the Christian thing to do right?

ps..I'm a Christian and in my eyes...you give us all a bad name!

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ps Mr Hearn

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