Wednesday, August 13, 2008

How Georgia DOT plans to end delays

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 3:52 PM

S. Heather Duncan at the Macon Telegraph has an excellent article today about the always-sexy, superhot XXX topic of "project prioritization" — in other words, what projects the state Department of Transportation decides to do and when they decide to do 'em. An agency spokesperson says the days of "kissing the ring" — local officials would make their way to DOT's dilapidated headquarters to beg for this or that — are over.

And if you want to know why that four-lane road that was supposed to lead you to Uncle Turbo's Bait Shack is still unfinished, this article may give you some answers.

From the article:

When DOT Commissioner Gena Abraham took over the department nine months ago, she discovered more than 9,000 projects on the books and a $1 billion budget shortfall. Road projects that weren't already under building contracts were put on ice until the state could reprioritize.

The department can only complete about 270 projects a year, said Mark McKinnon, a DOT spokesman.

Projects will be ranked. Those that aren't high enough on the priority list to be completed within about six years will be eliminated, said DOT spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan. The DOT will no longer keep projects on the books that can't be finished for half a century, she said.

But as always, the comments give me chuckles:

The projects drag on for years because of the people getting paid. Ever look at the groups of people standing around a road project with only a few really working?

Posted by: KITTYCAT

I didn't think it was the ring the local politicians kissed....

Posted by: MaconWard1

It is the ring. It is called the Spinctor Ring.

Posted by: JHL

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