Sunday, March 29, 2009

Georgia Dept of Transportation Launches New Stimulus Web Site

Earlier this month the Georgia Department of Transportation unveiled its stimulus Web site that will provide information regarding Georgia’s Federal Economic Stimulus Package for Transportation. The comprehensive Web site is www.dot.ga.gov/gastimulus.

Georgia will receive $932 million for job stimulation related to transportation projects from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The federal funding has very specific project requirements, and also requires that states provide ready access to information on project selection, funding deadlines and progress toward construction.

“This Web site will keep all of our citizens updated on every aspect of the stimulus projects as we move forward. Georgia DOT is committed to being transparent and good stewards of these taxpayers’ dollars; and we want Georgia citizens to know that we are ready to get projects constructed on time and within the federal guidelines,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Gerald Ross said.

Visitors to the site will find links to topics including Georgia’s stimulus transportation funding chart, project categories, the Department’s current efforts, links to other sites and resources, frequently asked questions and much more. The Web site will be closely monitored and periodic updates will be added continually.

In December 2008, the State Transportation Board encouraged local communities to submit projects they felt should be considered for transportation stimulus funding. That call yielded more than 850 submissions with projects totaling more than $1 billion dollars. Georgia DOT will list the projects that have been approved for federal stimulus funding on the new Web site as they are finalized.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our Web site (www.dot.ga.gov).
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