Columbus TSPLOST projects are right on track - WRBL

Columbus TSPLOST projects are right on track

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

For the next ten years Columbus is expected to collect more than 220 million dollars, all designed to fund transportation projects throughout the city. The money comes from the one cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, that was approved by voters last July.

Rick Jones is the head of the Planning Department in Columbus. He explained that so far, all projects promised are getting some attention, but to reminded citizens that change does not come overnight. He said typically state or federally funded transportation construction can take up to 7 years to complete. However he said TSPLOST projects are different.

"We should be able to shave off a couple of years, more in that three to five year range. Just because we will be able to do it locally and this is money we get to control and deal with," said Jones.

It has been less than a year since tax payers voted "yes" for the TSPLOST, and already four projects have been approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

"We're going to start to see some stuff happening here with this park and ride business and the river walk and the South Lumpkin trail, and eventually see something with the interchange down there off Custer and 185," explained Jones.

However some projects are still awaiting the green light. Construction on the infamous "spider web" intersection on Buena Vista Road is one of the projects promised to tax payers that has yet to begin.

Jones said all they need to begin is the go ahead from the Georgia DOT, but since the TSPLOST program is new, it's taking longer than expected.

"Its kind of one of these learn and grow programs for the most part, and that's what we are going to try and do, but we are going to work and we're going to do really what we promised the tax payers we'd do, and that's build these projects," said Jones.

As well as the TSPLOST funded projects Jones said the planning department is also working on various other state and federally funded projects. These include the completion of the Veterans Parkway beautification as well as the widening of Moon Road.

 

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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