GDOT Problems

Gena Abraham is on the case.

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.

15 comments

  1. SpaceyG says:

    Two hours to get from a ‘burb to downtown? That’s nothing. It’s just as bad ITP – to go somewhere ITP. So bad I had to start a blog… for one ITP road alone:
    http://howellmillhell.wordpress.com/

    Heck, getting OTP in non-rush hour traffic is taking far more (congested) time than it ever did before too. And MARTA is packed now every time I get on. I’m surprised Soulja Gal had all that room to maneuver during her ride ‘n rant.

  2. TM2000 says:

    The price of construction materials is rising and Governor Perdue seems to think that a magic solution will just present itself.

  3. Technocrat says:

    When is Georgia going to double the gas tax on cars and triple it on trucks. The early bird gets the worm [$$] before the Feds do it!

    “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” ……. Obama in Oregon

  4. Bill Simon says:

    I’d certainly be in favor of a hefty surcharge on SUVs. After all, that INCREASED weight on our roads tears them up quicker and causes them to have to be repaired more often.

  5. TM2000 says:

    Whether Perdue decideds to tackle the funding issue or not, the price of petroleum will continue to rise.

  6. Icarus says:

    Bill Simon (And Bill O’Rielley):

    Gas is taxed per gallon, and as a % of sale.

    SUV’s use more gallons per mile driven, and cost more per mile to drive.

    Thus, those who choose to drive them are already paying a surcharge.

    Communists, both of you.

  7. Bill Simon says:

    Icarus,

    The SUV drivers are paying a consumption penalty…that hardly helps repair the freaking roads that their extra weight causes more damage to.

    No, not a “communist”…a realist. How utterly wasteful is it that someone spends 99% of their time as a single person in a vehicle 2.5 times the weight of, say, my Accord and you think they are causing the same amount of wear-and-tear on the roads?

    If THAT’S your thinking, then we should stop preventing long haul trailers from having to go around 285…because, as YOU say, they are already paying the “surcharge” on the extra fuel consumption they use, and their extra mass on the interstates traveling through downtown Atlanta wouldn’t cause quicker wear-and-tear on the asphalt, would they?

    Cogito, ergo sum. Try it sometimes, Icarus. Try using your brain…because I can kick your butt in logic on THIS matter any day of the week. Twit.

  8. Icarus says:

    Simon, Twit, where does your “consumption penalty” go?

    75% of the sales tax and 100% of the gas tax goes to the fund that builds and repairs roads. Thus, those that use more gas pay more to build and repair the roads, by any objective measure.

    Consider my butt unkicked. Twit.

  9. Bill Simon says:

    Icarus,

    It would go in a higher ad valorem tax. Say, if you have a vehicle that weighs 2.5 tons and it still counts as a “passenger vehicle,” you would have to pay a higher ad valorem tax at the county level to help pay for the roads you tear-up with your big-ass wasteful metal rolling down the road.

  10. Bill Simon says:

    Icarus, Part 2

    _I_ can use up as much gas as an SUV if I wanted to…I can floor the car in-between red lights, drive 90 miles an hour on the expressway…but, the weight of my car is NOTHING compared to the weight of a 2.5+ ton SUV that is consuming the same amount of gasoline.

  11. Dave Bearse says:

    A good bit of the carping being heaped on GDOT belongs on the politicians to whom the agency is accountable. Ever hear of “Fast Forward”? It’s the name Perdue applied to his program to move forward the Governor’s Road Improvement Program projects—initiate implementation of projects before full funding is available.

    Bill, the difference between an SUV and passenger vehicle with respect to pavement wear and tear is insignificant on 99% of paved road lane miles.

    Maximum weight vehicles do exponentially the most damage. A maximum weight truck is equipvalent to about 10,000 passenger vehicles on light traffic density primary (rural) highway concrete pavements for example. Passenger vehicle operators heavily subsidize heavy trucking.

  12. Bill Simon says:

    Dave,

    Multiply the number of SUVs by their weight and compare that to the weight of the passenger vehicles, and I’ll bet they contribute more weight to the road.

    Asphalt roads are what we have a lot of in Cobb County…and asphalt is the softer road, so, they get torn-up quicker.

    This is a fact of simple physics…Dave, unless you have significant facts from studies or road department statistics, I’m going to go out on a very sturdy limb here and tell you your statement of “the difference between an SUV and passenger vehicle with respect to pavement wear and tear is insignificant on 99% of paved road lane miles” is just a bunch of unsubstantiated hot air.

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