Erick wanted a fight between myself and Rep. Steve “King of the Pavement” Davis, well, here you go.
Rep. Davis likes to point out the cost overruns for transit projects in other parts of the country. Well what about this boondoggle, Steve?
The projected price tag for a major expansion of I-75 and I-575 has reached $4 billion. And counting.
When the Georgia Department of Transportation decided in 2005 to negotiate a project to expand I-75 and I-575 with toll lanes north of Atlanta, it estimated the cost of the public-private project at $1.8 billion, or $2.6 billion with inflation included. It was to be the most expensive Georgia road project in history, by a factor of more than 10.
With record inflation in construction costs and changes to the project, the price has gone up by about $1.4 billion, according to a study by state and federal agencies released Monday.
If the project is still feasible, drivers will likely pay the difference in either taxes or tolls.
This makes whatever it costs to run a train from Lovejoy or Athens to downtown a pittance. You’ve got to wonder why folks like Davis look the other way when it comes to Big Government Pavement.