COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's been nearly two months since voters in the River Valley Region voted yes to a one percent sales tax increase.
The tax will go into effect in January of next year, and now some people are wondering when the eight projects for Columbus funded by the transportation special purpose local option sales tax (TSPLOST) will begin.
Columbus city's planning manager Rick Jones appeared before city council Tuesday and said work needs to start as soon as possible.
"All eight projects have got to get started now," said Jones. "There are some spacing or some scheduling in terms of how the money comes in, but as far as starting to do engineering and design, things of that nature, that needs to start now. So you are going to see that happen."
The River Valley Region, made up of multiple counties like Muscogee, Harris, and Chattahoochee, is projected to receive nearly $600 million over ten years for transportation projects.
In Columbus, you can expect to see the Riverwalk completed, improvement of the spiderweb at Buena Vista and St. Mary's roads, and more.