One of the goals of a $249,120 transportation study approved by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners this week is to identify the best location for another interchange on I-85.
The BOC unanimously agreed Monday night to proceed with the transportation study, which will be done by Moreland Altobelli & Associates. It will include an I-85 corridor study and county-wide comprehensive transportation plan.
Consultant Don Clerici said the project will be funded through the economic bond package approved earlier by the BOC and industrial development authority.
This study is flawed if it doesn't include roads that run through the cities. It's not a comprehensive transportation plan, it's a partial transportation plan. All taxpayers are on the hook to pay off the bonds used to fund the study but if you own property inside a city you won't get any transportation planning for this expense.
More than forty percent of the tax money in the County budget comes from property owners in cities. Hope the new elected officials will fix the county's tunnel vision.
The officials going out of office were the only ones who spoke up against spending. We are in worse shape with the new ones! One is in debt to developers and the other is only going to listen to his daddy.
Where in the world did that city comment come from? All of the new roads were paved in the cities. I thought the cities do not put money into roads because the county has to pay for it. Where do get the opinion that a new interchange on the interstate would not benefit anyone in the cities? The last I checked the cities had annexed across 85 so they can pad their cofers with tickets.
10/10/08 at 11:45 AM
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read this article. With
the stock market crashing and people fearing for their
jobs we have the BOC spending $249,120.00 for a study on
where to locate another interchange on I-85. If this
study was really needed, could it not have been done
by the DOT or another state agency. We are in
big trouble not only with Congressional leadership but it
seems locally as well. SPEND SPEND SPEND.
The State DOT will not allow another interchange on I85 without this study. Which is what people have been screaming about for years. This could possibly give 2 more exits. If you want to know more, call a commissioner. I did.
I agree with Willis #3 the DOT will not allow another intechange on I85 without this study.
Industries are looking at Jackson County now and if we had more interchanges to ease some of the traffic conjestion we already have it would be more inviting to them,and would give us some tax relief.
How much do you thinks Mr Clerici will get for handling this as a pass through? I had heard he get 10% of all contracted work. Mike hit the nail on the head in last weeks paper about such issues. Which of the Commissioners are in his pocket?