She told an audience of lobbyists and construction executives last week at a Georgia Public Policy Foundation luncheon, “We are facing a transportation-funding crisis.”
It’s no secret that Georgia’s growth has sparked a need for more transportation capacity – something she says can’t be limited just to roads. That need was made urgent for her the first day in her new job this past fall when it took more than two hours to drive 36 miles to work from her home in Sharpsburg.
“Boy, did that send a message,” she said.
To address the problem, state officials have launched 8,476 projects that are pending at the Department of Transportation. Of course, that’s an unworkable number, but then only 1,345 have anyone actively assigned to them.
The problem is that the department moves dirt on just 270 projects in a typical year. And the combined cost of the active cases is $29.5 billion – about 15 times more than the department’s annual budget.
By either measure – dollars or projects per year – there simply is more work than the department can get done in a lifetime.
I personally think we should apply my Clayton County strategy to GDOT too.