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Macon Council Concerned about Proposed GDOT Contract

The Georgia Department of Transportation wants the city of Macon to take over around 60 miles of state roads. But some city council members are skeptical.

Under the proposed contract, the city would take over responsibilities for parts of I-75, I-475, I-16 and other state roads. In return, the DOT would pay around $212,000 a year.

Last week, the city administration told a Macon committee that's not enough to cover mowing, fixing guard rails, and emergency services.

The public works department says they would need more crews to handle the increased workload. 

In Tuesday's council meeting, councilmen Lonnie Miley and Rick Hutto expressed concerns about taking over all of the liability for those roads.

Miley says, "State people would normally have to come out to do the work when you have a major accident or a major incident on a state road. Now, it would involve city personnel. We are already short-handed and cant get to some of the things that we need to on our streets within the city."

Council voted to send the contract back to committee for more discussion.


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