Community meeting planned to discuss transportation referendum

by | June 29, 2012 4:32 pm

   A community-wide meeting is planned for Thursday evening, July 12 at the Emanuel County Courthouse to discuss the upcoming referendum on transportation. Hosted by the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce, the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the courtroom.

   Known as T-SPLOST or Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, the measure is expected to generate approximately $400 million over a 1-year period to be used specifically for road paving and bridge projects in the Heart of Georgia region. Emanuel County is among 17 counties that comprise the region. The referendum will appear on the July 31 ballot as “Referendum #1.”

   Heart of Georgia representatives will be on hand at the meeting to make a presentation on the benefits of the measure. Also appearing on the panel will be County Commissioner James Canady, County Administrator Ezra Price and Swainsboro Mayor Charles Schwabe. A question and answer period will follow.

   Specifically for Emanuel County, there are 37 different road projects encompassing more than 54 miles of paving. Projects are divided into local and regional projects and have been prioritized over the 10-year period.

   Among the regional projects is the repaving of Lambs Bridge Road to Metter. (County Road 454-County Road 25/Carter Lee Road/Salem Church Road/Lake Church Road.)

   A new paving project listed on the referendum is the extension of Fairground Road which connects US 1 and Hwy. 57.

   Other projects in Emanuel County include Canoochee Road, Odomville Church Road, Meeks Road, Quick Road, Old Kenfield Road, Old Savannah Road, Pendleton Springs Road, and Parrish Pond Road.

   In the City of Swainsboro, projects include North Green Street, Lambs Bridge Road (within the city), North Coleman Street, Meadowlake East, King Circle Drive, Braswell Boulevard, Short Street, portions of the Swainsboro downtown sidewalk and streetscape project, Industrial Way, Fortune Loop, Hill Street, Thigpen Drive, Oaklawn Drive, William Rountree Street, Howard Street, Prosperity Drive, West Meadowlake, Arden Drive, Race Track Street, Martin Luther King Jr., McLeod Bridge Road, Old Nunez Road, East Moring Street, Lake Luck Drive, Kite Road and Moreland Avenue.

   In the City of Garfield, Old Augusta Road and Sybil Street have been designated to be included in the projects.

   “We believe it is our job to promote understanding of the referendum so we have better-informed citizens,” said Bill Rogers, Jr., president of the Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce. “We hope to have a large turnout at this meeting.”

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