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February 6, 2014

Dalton receives GDOT funds for improvements on two local roads

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the State Transportation Board are paving the way for street improvements in the city of Dalton. GDOT recently approved a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) amounting to nearly $265,000 to resurface and stripe two local roads in Dalton.

The grant covers 2.515 miles of milling, resurfacing, striping and installation of thermoplastic raised pavement markings on Tibbs Road, beginning at West Emery Street and extending to just south of Shugart Road, for a distance of 0.935 mile; and on Abutment Road from Callahan Road to Industrial Boulevard, for a distance of 1.58 miles.   

“It was my pleasure to approve this grant after receiving a request from Dalton’s officials,” GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. “They illustrated the importance of this project to their city and I am glad to help make it happen.”

“The scheduled street improvements in the city of Dalton are proof that, once more, both Whitfield County and the city of Dalton continue to take great strides in addressing the transportation needs of all their residents,” said State Transportation Board Member Roger Williams. Williams, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, including Whitfield County, has been instrumental in gaining approval for this project.

Funding comes from GDOT’s LMIG program, which allows local governments to decide the types of project that are most beneficial to their local jurisdiction. Every year, GDOT notifies local governments to submit requests for their local transportation needs. Funding for LMIG is allocated each fiscal year and is between 10 and 20 percent of the funding from the state motor fuel taxes collected in the preceding fiscal year. Funds for projects are distributed to local governments by a formula based on population and local road mileage. Funds can be rolled over for three fiscal years to assist with funding more expensive projects.

LMIG funds can only be used on improvements for roads and bridges within county, city or state rights-of-way. Eligible projects include — but are not limited to — safety, economic development, sidewalk, maintenance and bridge.

Through its LMIG program — formerly the State Aid and the Local Assistance Road (LARP) programs — GDOT has given cities and counties nearly $860 million during the past decade.   For more information on GDOT, visit www.dot.ga.gov.


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