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Proposed Widening and Overlay for US 27

Friday, March 12, 2021

Proposed Widening and Overlay of SR 1/US 27 from Turnberry Lane in Muscogee County to SR 315 in Harris County Georgia


In compliance with Governor Brian Kemp's directive to keep state government agencies functioning as Georgia combats the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia DOT and the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) program are moving forward by placing project information and coordination into a web-based platform so that there will be no need for direct face-to-face contact. Although the Georgia DOT and TIA encourages people to utilize the online platform, one-on-one meetings may be requested by calling one of the contacts listed below.


This outreach for PI 0006446 serves as follow up from a previously held public meeting in July 2019, and the current conceptual drawing and project information is available online at the link below. An opportunity to comment will be available online; however, please contact us if alternate accommodations are needed. This project proposes to widen the existing 2-lane and 3-lane SR 1/ US 27 to a 4-land section with a variable 4-foot to 12-foot flush median from Turnberry Lane in Muscogee County to Raymond Drive in Harris County, then overlay the existing roadway from Raymond Drive to SR 315 in Cataula with asymmetrical widening and overlay to the west of SR 1/US 27 between Preston Road and Holland Road. The SR 315 intersection with SR 1/US 27 is proposed to be a new location roundabout in Cataula.


Project information for the SR 1/US 27 lane widening and overlay and the SR 315 and SR1/US 27 intersection roundabout project is available online only at www.dot.ga.gov/AboutGDOT/PublicOutreach.


Aerial view of US 27 widening and overlay project

Questions, Concerns, or One-on-One Requests:


Joe Gillis
(404) 347-0233
JGillis@dot.ga.gov


William Eastin
(404) 631-1810
WEastin@dot.ga.gov

Lunch and Learn: Economic Development Toolbox

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Join Councilor Toyia Tucker, Council District 4, and the Columbus Planning Department Tuesday February 16, 2021 for a Lunch and Learn about Columbus's Economic Development Toolbox.


We will discuss the different federal, state and local tools we have available that help facilitate economic development and improve our community.


This event will be hosted on Facebook Live and is open to the public!


Draft 2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Draft 2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is now available for review. Please direct any comments or questions to LTemples@columbusga.org


2nd Avenue Streetscape Study

Friday, December 11, 2020

In November 2019, the Columbus Consolidated Government (CCG) and the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization began the study of Second (2nd) Avenue in Columbus. The project limits along 2nd Avenue extend from the north at its intersection with Manchester Expressway south to its intersection with 19th Street / Talbotton Road (approximately 1.9 miles).


The purpose of this study was to develop a new vision for 2nd Avenue to improve the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the road for all users. The study was focused on transportation, streetscape character, and wayfinding signage. The end goal was to develop a shared Vision to enhance the mobility and aesthetics of the 2nd Avenue corridor. Specifically, the study explored six goals and objectives detailed below:

  • Conceptual wayfinding and gateway design
  • Considerations for sustainable / resilient / green infrastructure within the project corridor
  • Enhancement of current and future pedestrian activity modes
  • Multi-modal functionality / Complete Streets
  • Enhance connectivity
  • Analyze traffic

The development of recommendations for this study was a collaborative effort between state and local agencies, private developers, and members of the community. The public outreach program for this study was composed primarily of two virtual public meetings and an in-person presentation to the Columbus Consolidated Government City Council members during their September 29, 2020 Work Session. The study concluded with preliminary recommendations for potential funding sources and prioritizing the implementation of a Complete Streets project.


This final report documents the process and recommendations from this study. Review the 2nd Avenue Streetscape Study.


J.R. Allen Parkway / U.S. 80 Corridor Study

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

In December 2019, the Columbus Consolidated Government (CCG) and the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization began the study of the J.R. Allen Parkway (U.S. 80) Corridor Study. The purpose of this study was to examine this freeway/major arterial and to determine how to alleviate the congestion along the J.R. Allen corridor. This study included congestion and infrastructures studies on the bridge that connects to Phenix City, Alabama. This study identified transportation infrastructure and operational strategies that can reduce congestion, improve safety, and enhance mobility in the study corridor. The 10-mile long J.R. Allen Parkway / U.S. 80 & Beaver Run Road Traffic Mitigation Project began at the west end of the U.S. 80 Bridge over the Chattahoochee River and extended east to the Beaver Run Road / Flat Rock Road (S) / Kitten Lake Drive area.


The Study included four (4) main objectives:

  • Study of overall J.R. Allen Parkway traffic mitigation (congestion), which included specific intersections with high travel demands.
  • Study of J.R. Allen Bridge, its traffic mitigation (congestion) needs.
  • Study of the opportunities and constraints related to bringing the J.R. Allen / U.S. 80 / Beaver Run Road corridor to interstate standards.
  • Analyses of the side roads, sidewalks, and paths and how they affect vehicular, bike, pedestrian, and public transit.

The development of recommendations for this study was a collaborative effort between state and local agencies, private developers, and members of the community. The public outreach program for this study was composed primarily of two virtual public meetings and an in-person presentation to the Columbus Consolidated Government City Council members during their September 29, 2020 Work Session. The study concluded with preliminary recommendations for potential funding sources and prioritizing the implementation of the various highway and multimodal projects.


This final report documents the process and recommendations from this study. Review the J.R. Allen Parkway/US 80 Corridor Study PI #0016425 FINAL REPORT.


Proposed Tax Allocation District #8

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The purpose of the proposed TAD #8 is to support development of a possible mixed use resort development and a low-to-moderate income housing development along Bull Creek and the Chattahoochee River. The intent is to leverage economic opportunities in South Columbus and along the river in Columbus, GA. The TAD district comprises 6 parcels (212 total acres) and, with all TADs combined, occupies just over 3.7% of all taxable property in Columbus. A physical report on this proposed TAD can be found at 420 10th Street, 2nd Floor, Columbus, GA, 31901. The document is located at the Engineering counter. Read the Proposed Redevelopment Plan for Tax Allocation District #8: South Columbus River District.


Steam Mill Road Study

Friday, November 6, 2020

Steam Mill Road study

TELL US ABOUT Steam Mill Road... Help us better understand the issues that are most important to you. Learn more, visit www.SteamMillRoadStudy.com and take the survey before November 22nd.



2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The finalized 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is available for public review. The TIP is a prioritized list of funded transportation projects for the Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization planning area (your community!)


Review the 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program document.


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