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DOT Commissioner says money is tight

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Commissioner for the Department of Transportation says his job would be a lot easier if he had more money to work with.    But state money for road projects is getting harder to come by these days.

Commissioner Vance Smith says the department depends on the motor fuel tax which has been on a steady decline over the past few years because people are driving less and more people are driving fuel efficient cars.    

He's focusing on a new program to get private money for transportation projects.  He said, "P-3 is public, private partnership.  That's new to Georgia in a sense that we talked about it years ago, but it never really got off the ground and we're full steam ahead with the P-3 project on I-75 north of Atlanta."    

Smith said even though the state is strapped for cash, the road system in Georgia is one of the best in the nation.

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