Trans­porta­tion plan meet­ing sched­uled

Meet­ing to in­clude CTP preview, ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion

The Covington News - - Local news - By Rachel Oswald

New­ton County res­i­dents con­cerned about what fur­ther pop­u­la­tion growth holds for the county’s trans­porta­tion sys­tem are in­vited to at­tend a meet­ing on the county’s Com­pre­hen­sive Trans­porta­tion Plan at 7 p.m. this Tues­day evening at the His­toric Court­house in down­town Cov­ing­ton.

In 2007 the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers com­mis­sioned a study to eval­u­ate the var­i­ous trans­porta­tion modes cur­rently avail­able in the county. The in­tent of the CTP is to make recom­men- da­tions for im­prove­ments in traf­fic mit­i­ga­tion, traf­fic flow, safety and im­proved land use in the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the county’s trans­porta­tion modes such as road­ways, side­walks and pub­lic trans­porta­tion.

“As we grow we can have a fairly clear idea of what kinds of trans­porta­tion needs we are gong to have as a com­mu­nity and how to get that ac­com­plished,” said Hosanna Fletcher with the Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Preser­va­tion and Plan­ning.

The Cen­ter is or­ga­niz­ing pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ser­vices for the CTP on be­half of the county.

At­ten­dees will be given a preview of the CTP, which is half-com­plete by URS Cor­po­ra­tion, an en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign firm con­tracted by the BOC to cre­ate the CTP. URS has com­pleted its as­sess­ment of the county’s trans­porta­tion sys­tem and will share sta­tis­tics with the au­di­ence on the county’s roads, bridges and most traf­ficked cor­ri­dors. Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion there will be a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

Among the sta­tis­tics to be shared Tues­day night are that New­ton County has 830 miles of county roads and that eight per­cent of those roads are un­paved. Yearly the county spends $800,000 in road­way and bridge re­pair and main­te­nance. The county has 32 traf­fic sig­nals but that num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease by 50 per­cent this year to 48 traf­fic sig­nals.

In ad­di­tion to eval­u­at­ing the county’s trans­porta­tion modes, the CTP will set out what the county’s fu­ture trans­porta­tion needs are likely to re­quire, es­tab­lish pri­or­i­ties for mo­bil­ity, safety, con­nec­tiv­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity, pro­vide a lon­grange guide for trans­porta­tion sys­tem in­vest­ments and de­velop trans­porta­tion poli­cies and a pro­gram of sup­port projects.

The CTP is par­tially funded by the At­lanta Re­gional Com­mis­sion, which main­tains a CTP fund­ing as­sis­tance pro­gram to en­cour­age coun­ties and their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the 18-county Metro At­lanta area to de­velop long-range trans­porta­tion plans.

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