COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Chamber along with the governor says more funding is needed to help improve the transportation system in Columbus and around the state.
The GDOT alliance brought in a research group to conduct specialized reports to see where the most work is needed and how to invest funding.
President of Columbus Chamber Brian Anderson says bridge replacement is a major focus and as the city continues to grow it's important to stay on top of our transportation
"So, every year you've got to keep up with your transportation network. So, to prevent congestion, to improve safety and again bridge replacements. Bridge replacements were a major focus because we had a lot of bridges that were listed as deficient. Currently, about 5 percent of our bridges were deficient," Anderson said.
There was a slight decrease in traffic fatalities in 2014 but has spiked back up since 2016 and this is another concern for these projects.
This also impacts the growth of economic impact across the state.
"Projects that were looking to come here provide jobs to invest capital, they look at stuff like that. They want to make sure their workers and employees have a good way to get back and forth to work without congestion and safety they also look at what they have to move to market," said Anderson.
Here is a list of projects in Columbus that will be completed or underway by 2021 as a result of increased funding:
- Schley Creek NW of Columbus - estimated cost is $2.2 million
- SR 520/US 280 EB & WB - Bagley Creek 2 miles SE of Cusseta - estimated cost is $2.3 million
- 85/US 27 ALT SB & NB - CR 1660/Miller Rd. in Columbus - Estimated cost is $4.8 million
- US 80 Kendall Creek in Columbus - estimated cost is $1.7 million
- 22/US 80 Flatrock Creek in Columbus - estimated cost $3 million
- 520/US 280 at Chattahoochee River in Columbus - Estimated cost is $10.8 million