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The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is creating a vision for West Central Georgia roadways, and is inviting community members to review and comment on the plans.

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a four-year program designed to improve mobility of people and movement of goods across the state, expand Georgia's role in global commerce, reduce injury and loss of life on state roadways, and prioritize investments in Georgia's transportation infrastructure assets.

The pending STIP will specify federally funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. These projects include, but are not limited to, new construction, improvements and maintenance for interstate highways, state routes and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.

The Georgia DOT District Three Offices in Thomaston plan to sponsor four Open House meetings where the public can view the Draft FY 14-17 STIP in West Central Georgia, view maps of projects in the local area, discuss projects with Department staff, and formally offer comments. The meetings are open to the public and all constituents are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Meetings in West Central Georgia will be held:

Monday, November 4, 2013

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

LaGrange Mall

1501 Lafayette Parkway

LaGrange, GA

Thursday, November 7, 2013

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Carrollton Cultural Arts Center

251 Alabama Street

Carrollton, GA

These meetings will preview plans for Butts, Crawford, Dooly, Harris, Heard, Jones, Lamar, Macon, Marion, Meriwether, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Schley, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, and Webster Counties. 

Projects for other counties in this region that are part of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (areas with more than 50,000 in population) will be available for public comment in a separate meeting, at a later date.

The Draft FY 14-17 STIP will also be available on the internet at www.dot.ga.gov/stip

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