Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp this week announced the availability of $277 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) funds to the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) to fill in projected revenue gaps caused by the impacts of COVID-19.
The availability of funds will speed up some projects on the books, including the truck route around Monticello, going from Hwy. 16 east to Hwy. 83 north.
This project will build a new three-mile bypass around the city of Monticello, said the announcement from the governor. It is forecast to reduce current truck traffic through the city by 10 to 20 percent. The estimated cost of construction is $19 million with a total investment of $22 million. The investment accelerates the project from a construction start date in late 2022 to mid 2021.
Rep. Susan Holmes expressed joy that this project was going to finally begin, and it is slated to start in the next few weeks, she said Tuesday.
The CRRSAA was passed by Congress in December 2020.
These additional funds allow Georgia DOT flexibility to advance several strategic transportation improvements in predominantly rural areas in Jefferson, Jasper and Putnam counties, among others outside the 27-county east central district.
The projects will widen freight corridor highways and also build one new-location Truck Route. These corridors play a vital role in moving agriculture commodities, manufacturing inputs, and consumer goods between production, distribution, and retail locations in all areas of Georgia.
“I am thankful for these one-time federal resources that will help keep Georgians working while also keeping our economy on the road to recovery,” said Gov. Kemp.
“Georgia DOT will be able to further enhance the state roadway network to increase safety for motorists and trucks by advancing critical projects throughout the state. These important roadway improvements will help Georgia continue to be the top state for business thanks to a world-class logistics infrastructure. Both the freight and logistics industry and Georgia residents benefit from this much-needed funding, particularly in light of the challenges of COVID-19.”