Residents may submit comments regarding TIP amendment 6 through this Friday, November 18. TIP amendment 6 proposes to add new federal dollars for various transportation projects within metro Atlanta. Two Henry County projects would receive funds.
The Atlanta Regional Commission oversees federal transportation dollars within metro Atlanta. TIP amendment 6 is the result of a year-long evaluation to consider new applications for federal road dollars. Following the close of public comments, the ARC board will consider adoption of the amendment in December.
TIP Amendment 6
The Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, is a master list of all transportation projects scheduled to receive federal funding. The TIP spans a six-year period. Each metro area maintains its own project list. State DOTs maintain the TIP for rural areas.
TIP amendment 6 proposes to shift the timeframe covering Atlanta’s plan from years 2020–2025 to 2023–2028. This maintains a six-year outlook for the project list. In addition, several projects have financial adjustments based on their latest cost estimates. Finally, new projects are set to receive funding.
Henry County Projects
Two Henry County projects are set to receive funding based on the TIP amendment. They include as follows:
- Design funds in fiscal year 2024 towards widening state route 81, phase II. The project extends between Bethany Road and Keys Ferry Road in Ola. Design work has an estimated cost of $2 million dollars. Federal funds would cover 80% of costs, or $1.6 million.
The first phase of widening state route 81 will connect downtown McDonough and Bethany Road. Phase I is presently in final design. Right of way acquisition will begin in the next few months.
- Operations funds in fiscal years 2023–2025 for a new local bus service in Henry County. The proposed bus route would connect downtown McDonough and Stockbridge. Estimated operating costs equal $2 million annually. Likewise, the federal dollars would cover 80% of costs.
The county’s transit master plan — completed earlier this year — recommended the new bus route.
Residents may submit comments about the TIP amendment, or view the full project list, by visiting the Atlanta Regional Commission website. Contact information on how to submit comments is available on their website.
Featured image shows a map of the proposed bus route between McDonough and Stockbridge. Henry County photo.
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