Macon-Bibb P&Z asking for public input on road, transportation projects

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb’s Planning and Zoning Commission is asking residents what would they do with a billion dollars to spend.

A likely reality over the course of the next 25 years according to leaders with the commission.

The list is long for Jim Thomas.

He’s the executive director for Macon-Bibb County’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

“You can see that you’ve got a lot of interest here in improving public transportation,” Thomas said.

Thomas has markers, posters, diagrams, and maps targeting areas where the county can spend money on road improvements.

“Any project that uses federal dollars has to come through this process,” he said.

From bike lanes to road expansions, it’s part of a process to evaluate possible projects every four years in a 25 year span.

This time Thomas predicts a budget of nearly a billion dollars from federal, state, and local funding over that time.

“We have huge projects like 16/75 interchange. It’s huge, it’s actually seven separate projects. Then we have the smaller projects that are a lot more safety improvements,” Thomas said.

Safety improvements residents want.

Thomas and his staff are asking for feedback on what areas people would like to see addressed.

“There’s a lot of desire for improved transit and improved pedestrian bicycle facilities,” he said.

…moving the topics up on the list — setting a blueprint for years to come.

“Using accurate data and making those projections, we can get a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen in the next 25 years,” Thomas said.

There’s an open house Wednesday where planning and zoning staff is looking for feedback on road improvements. It’s at the Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex Building.

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