How quickly Georgia drivers see hundreds of roads and bridges fixed up to avoid traffic headaches depends on billions of new tax dollars amassed since 2015.
Less than half of Georgia’s nearly 126,000 miles of state and local highways had pavement in good condition as of 2019, totaling a distance larger than two trips around the world potentially in need of road upkeep in the coming decades, according to state Department of Transportation estimates.
Meanwhile, populations in the Atlanta and Savannah metro areas are booming, combining with the state’s airports and shipping port to pile up traffic for drivers headed to work and commercial trucks that fuel the state’s busy freight industry.
To help tackle the problem, state and local officials are tapping more revenues from motor-fuel taxes to fund road construction, focusing especially in areas around cities where jobs and commercial truck routes tend to cluster. Local transportation advocates have high hopes that state officials are ready for the wave of construction projections, noting roadwork managers show a good track record of keeping projects mostly on time and on budget.