Road project discussion turns to setting priorities |


Road project discussion turns to setting priorities |

Gainesville transportation focus group members gave opinions Thursday night on suggested road projects as part of a citywide master plan, but discussion also centered on how to rank projects based on need, available funding and other factors.

“If our top priority was to widen Green Street, for example, we couldn’t do that tomorrow,” said Richard Fangmann of Norcross-based Pond & Co., the city’s consultant in the study. “We’d have several things that would need to be done first.”

Bigger projects also need federal funding, and the future of that is not certain. The current federal spending bill, which ends late next year, already has its limitations, Fangmann noted.

“The other thing here is federal funding is going down,” he said.

The focus group, which is made up of residents giving their input to the development of a master plan for the city, informally decided at the end of its meeting at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center to meet again, after Pond & Co. sets priorities on projects in some kind of format and before they go through formal consideration.

Ultimately, the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization — Hall County’s lead transportation planning agency — will consider the plan for inclusion in its short-term and long-term plans.

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