This represents the largest funding cycle for the program since its inception.
The program is a revolving infrastructure investment fund established in 2008 by Georgia legislators and administered by the State Road and Tollway Authority.
Community improvement districts, as well as local and state government entities are eligible for program and loan funding.
Final approval is made by the authority board, which is chaired by Deal.
This year, a record number of governments and CIDs applied for funds to jumpstart or complete 58 new projects. The grant winners include: cities/towns — Atlanta, Braselton, Dunwoody, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Johns Creek, Newnan, Sandy Springs and Tyrone; CIDs — Cumberland, Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Gwinnett Place, North Fulton, Red Top and Town Center Area; and counties — Athens-Clarke, Bartow and Grady.
The North Fulton Community Improvement District’s project will be at Ga. 400 and Windward Parkway.
The proposed Windward Parkway exit ramp improvements will enhance safety, mitigate east-west traffic congestion and provide quicker access to the regionally significant Windward Parkway jobs center on the west side of Ga. 400.
The project will include the addition of a 500-foot exit lane from Ga. 400 to Windward Parkway, and the conversion of the existing northbound exit ramp from one to two lanes. The widening of Windward Parkway exit ramp will also be expanded from the existing double-left turn into a triple-left turn onto Windward Parkway westbound.
A westbound lane between the northbound Windward Parkway exit ramp intersection and the Westside Parkway/ Deerfield Parkway intersection will also be added to accommodate the triple-left turn lanes and to improve east-west traffic operations. The grant award is $2.8 million.
“The GTIB program is an important resource for community improvement districts and local governments seeking supplemental funding needed to move vital transportation projects forward,” Deal said. “The projects receiving awards today will not only enhance mobility in local communities, they will also keep Georgia’s business engine moving by improving access to retail and job centers throughout the state.”