Monday, March 16, 2009

The Desperate Money Explosion continues

UPDATE: I ended up writing a full story about the confusion surrounding stimulus spending. But don't worry. I'm sure it won't translate to waste.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has posted its list of local projects that are eligible for the $932 million that Georgia will get in federal stimulus money for highway projects.

It's not the final list of projects that will be done, just a list of projects that meet required criteria.

The DOT also posted the list of ineligible projects, which were rejected for various reasons. Out of 850 requests, can you guess the number of projects the DOT rejected because they were "not a transportation project"?

It's 103.

Now, some of those kind of sound like transportation projects. Welcome centers were rejected, as were parking decks. Some projects the DOT lists as "not a transportation project" despite the fact that the project is clearly identified as a street. I'm asking the DOT to clarify that.
UPDATE: From David Spear, DOT spokesman, who checked on several of the examples I describe above:
They were listed in the non transportation category because the only information we got was that they involved some type of drainage, either storm water or waste. In talking with the City subsequently, it was determined that regardless of how we classified them, they did not meet the federal requirements for ROW and environmental and also were not shovel ready.
Then there's the amphitheater the city of Kennesaw wanted. Macon County wanted five new cars for its sheriff's office, some courthouse repairs and a new industrial park. Habersham County wanted upgrades at three fire stations. Jackson County wanted 5 new EMS stations and a trash compactor site.

You can download both lists here.

I said $932 billion. Obviously it's $932 million.


Note said...

The ones which are identified as streets (plenty in Colquitt Co/Moultrie) are not actually work on the streets themselves, but rather the storm drainage and other infrastructure under and around the streets.

The parking deck would not be a transportation project unless it is a "park and ride" for transit (and even transit is another pot of money).

Note said...

Also, Welcome Centers would come out of an "Economic Development" pot of money rather than transportation. At least that's how they are handled at the State level.