Curious how when the components went up by odd amounts,
the total went up by exactly 50%.
It’s almost like the total was increased and then the components
were arranged to add up to that.
Also curious how the biggest increase, percentage (54%)
and total ($3,500,000) is for construction.
I could see how Rights of Way (ROW) acquisition costs might go up
because people might not want this boondoggle in their front yards,
but why was it so hard to estimate construction costs the first time?
And curious how that construction increase is a bit more than
the $3 million for each of the
Val Del Road
Cat Creek Road
projects that were not approved.
Since costs went up by 50% from June to August, how much more cost inflation
can we expect before this Old US 41 North widening project is completed?
Remember, that $12,000,000 comes out of your sales taxes.
If it is approved.
Also remember, the purpose of this project is to widen the road.
The project description claims:
This project would benefit the public by potentially reducing the
incidence of crashes along this roadway segment, corridor, and/or
Widen Old US 41 to a 5-lane urban section roadway from SR 7 to Union Road.
Total Project Cost
Total TIA Amount
Old 41 is a major collector that extends from SR 7 or North Valdosta Road to SR 122 in Hahira. At SR 122 in Hahira, Old 41 turns into SR 7 again to travel north into Cook
County. Old 41 is used as a main artery for residents to travel from Hahira, North
Lowndes County, and Cook County into Lowndes County and Valdosta for school, work, and entertainment. Over the past 15 years with the installation of Lowndes County
Water and Sewer in this area, nine residential subdivisions, a private K-12 school, and numerous commercial developments have developed throughout this corridor. Commercial development includes a restaurant, convenience stores, car dealership, numerous doctors` offices and a hospital. Lowndes County also has a fire department and solid waste collection facility located in this area. With the future plans for further development in this area both commercially and residentially, future traffic models indicate traffic counts will exceed 20,000 vehicles per day. The majority of the development has occurred in this area and the continued growth is also anticipated in this proximity. It is proposed to construct bike lanes and possibly sidewalks throughout the project for the residents of this area to use
Ensuring Safety and Security
This project would benefit the public by potentially reducing the incidence of crashes along this roadway segment,
corridor, and/or intersection.
Maximizing the value of
This project could potentially maximize the full utility of an existing transportation facility(s). In some cases, bypasses
will be necessary. Example benefits could be: mitigating congestion (e.g. operational improvements) and optimizing capital asset management (e.g. resurfacing, rehabilitation). The impacts would apply to this roadway segment, corridor, and/or intersection.
This project could assist in having a positive impact on the economic vitality for this region, and in some cases possibly
for the entire state. Its impact could also be observed along the roadway segment, corridor, and/or intersection. Example benefits could be: improved access to jobs; improved travel times for drivers; increased lane capacity; improved efficiency and reliability for freight cargo/goods movement; providing border to border and inter-regional connectivity; and improve local connectivity to statewide transportation network.
This project would benefit the traveling public, by mitigating congestion and enhancing safety. Future traffic counts for this area are in excess of 20,000 vehicles per day. There are currently many residential subdivisions, multiple commercial businesses, and a private K-12 school all which gain access by using Old US 41.