Here’s a quick digest of important tidbits from Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting:

Thu, 06/21/2007 - 3:37pm
By: The Citizen

• A statewide shortfall of $5 billion has created a financial crunch for state transportation projects. Some state officials are urging for a regional or statewide 1 percent sales tax just to fund them.

• Help may be on the way for improvements at the Interstate 85 interchange on Ga. Highway 74. Ga. Senator Ronnie Chance said he and others will meet soon with Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl about the area.

• Other proposals to alleviate traffic at I-85 and Hwy. 74 include building I-85 access on Ga. Highway 92 and four-laning Palmetto-Tyrone Road so motorists can reach I-85 at the current interchange for Collinsworth Road.

• The Atlanta Regional Commission has plans to bring commuter bus service to Peachtree City, and will consider creating a plan for an access road parallel to I-85 that would allow motorists wanting to exit on Hwy. 74 to get off the interstate early, say at the exit for Union City. ARC may also consider adding pay-for-use truck and HOV lanes on I-85 heading into and out of Atlanta ... and a bus system with stops in Newnan, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and McDonough.

• Both Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon and Coweta County Commission Chairman Tim Higgins said there needs to be cooperation to properly address traffic issues in Fayette and Coweta Counties.

• Higgins urged that TDK is needed to relieve traffic since currently the only major east-west connectors between Fayette and Coweta are Ga. Highway 54 and Rockaway Road.

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