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TSPLOST could bring $35.9 million to Lamar

The Three Rivers Regional Commission has held two public hearings on proposed road improvement projects to be paid for under a proposed regional transportation sales tax. The transportation roundtable will review the plans. With the tax, Lamar County would get a total of $35.9 million. To obtain the funds, citizens will vote on a special 1% sales tax for the TRRC Special Transportation Tax District, comprising several counties. For Lamar, that would mean about $21 million in funding designated for specific projects and some $14.9 million in unrestricted transportation funding. The project would widen 36 from two to four lanes from I-75 in Butts County through Lamar to Highway 74 in Upson County. The total project cost is $83,639,862 with TSPLOST funds accounting for $53,639,862 of that. The Department of Transportation would provide $30 million in federal and state funds for this project. The roundtable must approve a regional project list by Oct. 15. ’Lamar and Upson County decided to go in together to four-lane Highway 36, which will be good for the economy,’ said Three Rivers executive director Lanier Boatwright.

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