2015-06-10 / Front Page

Winthrope Avenue T-SPLOST project moves forward

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Winthrope Avenue will soon get a new look. The main thoroughfare through the City of Millen will be widened and turn lanes will be installed.

In 2012, Jenkins County voters joined others across Region 7 in giving approval to a referendum initiating the T-SPLOST and the 1-cent sales tax went into effect January, 2013. Under terms of the referendum, 75% of the revenue collected is being used to fund approved projects as listed in the referendum, one of which is a $2 million project for Jenkins County for the widening of SR67 (Winthrope Avenue toward Sylvania) and installing turn lanes. Right-of-way acquisitions have already begun and the project is set to bid out in July.

Twenty-five percent of the revenue generated by the T-SPLOST is currently being distributed to the cities and counties of the CSRA Region 7 by a formula to be used for local transportation improvements. All projects must be completed within the 10-year period of the tax.

The county has previously used T-SPLOST funds for resurfacing of Green-Fork Perkins Road, Green Fork Church Road, a portion of West Old Savannah Road, Mulkey Road, and a portion of Perkins Road. City of Millen streets improvements funded with T-SPLOST funds include resurfacing of Holmes Drive, Tarver Street, and Railroad Street.

Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds were also used to help fund the paving and improvement projects.

Region 7 includes the counties of Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes.

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