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Roundtable panel works on transit 'wish list'
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The Regional Transportation Roundtable Executive Committee gathered Wednesday to develop a constrained list of infrastructure projects that could be placed on next summer’s Transportation Investment Act referendum.

During the meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center, Bryan County Commission and executive committee chairman Jimmy Burnsed noted the group’s charge was to curb the least important projects and determine the best way to allocate project funds throughout the region, while ensuring each improvement plan would benefit the 10-county region.

“When we started out, we had about $4 billion in projects,” he said as he opened the meeting. “Now, we’re facing a budget of about $1.2 billion.”

Once the list is finalized, the projects will be combined into a single voter referendum on the 2012 primary ballot, Coastal Regional Commission Transportation Planner Ron Sadowski said.

If passed, the item would levy a 1 percent sales tax that would dedicate 75 percent, or an estimated $1.2 billion, to fund the voter-approved regional transportation work, and 25 percent would go to each local government for its roads needs.

The list includes seven projects each in Bryan and Liberty counties and two in Long.

Priority projects in Bryan County include $820,650 for an interchange at I-95 and Belfast Keller Road and improvements to the interchange at I-16 and Hwy. 280, according to Josh Fenn, executive director of the Development Authority of Bryan County.

Read more in the July 2 edition of the News.

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