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Tentative plan for TSPLOST discretionary funds

Posted: August 27, 2013 - 11:10pm  |  Updated: August 27, 2013 - 11:22pm


Columbia County officials have started planning what to do with the discretionary funds awarded to each county from the Transportation Investment Act of 2010.

Officials considered a proposed list of projects at a Tuesday Development and Engineering Services Committee meeting.

“These are just things we see that could enhance the life in Columbia County,” Engineering Services Division Director Matt Schlachter said.

Of the $840 million state officials expect to be collected through the TIA, or TSPLOST, program in the 13-county CSRA Region over the next decade, 25 percent is being allocated to counties in the region as transportation discretionary funds. Those funds can be used for transportation projects at the judgement of county leaders.

The proposed list of projects includes turn lanes as needed throughout the county. Commission Chairman Ron Cross was particularly concerned about the addition of turn lanes to William Few Parkway and Hardy-McManus Road.

The proposed list is expected to be approved at the Tuesday commission meeting. Sidewalks for Blue Ridge Drive from Evans to Locks Road to Clark Pointe and on Conn Drive from Sumter Landing to Mullikin Road, the first projects to be considered from the list, also were approved to send forward for final approval Tuesday.

The list also includes completing the multi-use trail along Evans to Locks Road, sidewalks to The Pass, Clark Pointe, Old Evans Road, Stevens Creek Road and Old Trail Road, and intersection improvements on William Few Parkway, Blue Ridge Drive, Old Evans Road, Hereford Farm Road, Evans to Locks Road and Southern Pines Drive.

Schlachter said the projects are proposed and have not yet been designed. Approval at Tuesday’s meeting would allow design and engineering work to begin.

“This is just a list that kind of gives an idea the direction the commission wants to go,” county Administrator Scott Johnson said, adding that projects
can be added, deleted, changed or pushed as necessary.

The projects, Schlachter said, were prioritized based on need and focus on school zones and other areas that need work.

Schlachter said the county has already collected about $1.2 million of discretionary funds. He expects about $20 million in discretionary funds to be collected in the next 10 years.

Unlike the projects on the approved TSPLOST list, which have to be completed before the end of the tax’s 10-year lifespan, there is no time limit to use the discretionary funds.

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Comments (9)


They should use the funds

They should use the funds wisely, so the roads they will build will help local businesses develop. Many businesses rely on transportation options on to keep up with their activity and better roads would mean less waiting time on their part, improving their customer service.

Robert Harris

They should use the fund to

They should use the fund to improve the state of the transportation industry and the quality of service. If they need to have cutting edge supply chain solutions then they might find the support they need at

Paul Ricca

Such funds are essential for

Such funds are essential for completing necessary projects which have got stuck because of monetary issues. Often financial emergencies occur which can make you feel helpless. In such situations you can take out a loan, if you need vehicle loan you can take it out from

Paul Ricca

A meeting should be hosted

A meeting should be hosted where they should include community members as well to take the right decision. However, getting the necessary funding often become difficult for an entrepreneur. To move the business in the right direction one needs to take help of cutting edge strategies like direct mail marketing. It would help them approach the customers more effectively.


These days it's quite

These days it's quite difficult to raise enough funds for such ambitious projects, but hopefully the authorities will use every penny to complete them. Those who want to develop their own projects but need support should check out for more information on how they can achieve their goals and improve their financial situation.

Paul Ricca

They need to figure out the

They need to figure out the areas which need immediate attention and they should allocate funds as per need. However, they should buy new vehicles now and sell the old ones. They should also create a huge water park here and include items like kayak trailers too.

Paul Ricca

From building new sidewalks

From building new sidewalks to buying new vehicles they could do a lot of improvements here with the fund available to them. However, there are many new modern car models in the market now, but some people still love to drive their old antique cars. If you have such a car then do not sell it, you should contact to restore it.

Andrew Cowan

Since this fund belongs to

Since this fund belongs to the category of transportation discretionary funds, it should be used to improve the transportation service in the county. However, before taking any step the authorities should consult with DOT consulting firms.


I think authorities should

I think authorities should start thinking about utilizing this fund at the soonest, before they get lapsed. These grants are not allowed that often and since there is a good amount available, it can be used for the betterment of the life of people in Colombia.

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