I-16/I-75 Improvement Project
Advisory Committee Meeting Summary
March 2, 2000
Advisory Committee Participants:
Maryel Battin, Macon Heritage
Lynn Cass, Macon Bibb Co. Transit
Sid Cherry, Downtown Council
Conie Mac Darnell, New Town Macon
Jim David, Ocmulgee Natíl Monument
Elliott Dunwody (stand in for Gene Dunwody),
Dunwoody, Beeland, Azar, Walsh & Matthews
Daniel Fischer, Caution Macon
Regina McDuffie, Centreplex
Paul Nagle, Chamber of Commerce
Anita Ponder, Macon City Council
Rev. David Stanley, Assn. of Black Ministers
Johnny Wingers, Bibb Co. EMA
Project Team Participants:
Joseph Palladi, GDOT
Angela Alexander, GDOT
Rebecca Gifford, GDOT
David Miller, GDOT
Genetha Rice-Singleton, GDOT
David Grachen, FHWA
Brad Hale, MAAI
Spooner Phillips, MAAI
Todd Hill, MAAI
Karen Serio, MAAI
Melissa Moreland Bourbeau, MAAI
Liz Sanford, Sycamore Consulting
Denise Watts, Sycamore Consulting
The first meeting of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the I-16/I-75 Improvement project was called to order by Mr. Joseph Palladi, who explained the purpose of the meeting, presented a brief summary of the public comments received to-date, and presented an overview of planned public involvement activities. He explained some of the steps of the plan development process, stating that project alternatives would be identified, including a no-build option. He also noted that the no-build option means that current safety and operational issues will go unaddressed.
Ms. Liz Sanford then reviewed the ground rules for the meeting and asked participants for their goals, expectations and values concerning the project, which are listed below:
A presentation was made by Brad Hale, which included an overview of the scope and schedule for the project. He informed the group that the preferred concept would be selected later this spring and that the draft environmental document should be completed in Fall 2000. Mr. Hale also reviewed the existing conditions of the area, including environmental features and key city features such as tourist attractions. He pointed out that the accident rates for 1997 and 1998 were double the state average for the same period. In particular, Spring Street is a hot spot with 77 accidents during that time frame.
Six preliminary concept maps were then distributed for discussion between the project team and committee members. Mr. Palladi and Mr. Hale explained the implications of each concept and responded to questions from committee members. Time restraints did not allow for ample discussion time, therefore, committee members were asked to provide more detailed comments on the six preliminary concepts at the next meeting.
"Parking Lot" Discussion Items
Several topics arose that could not be addressed at this meeting due to time limitations. However, they will be addressed at a later date. These include:
Committee members were informed of the current update to the Macon Transportation Plan and encouraged to attend future public meetings for that project. The meeting was adjourned to a date and location to be determined.
If you have any questions or comments concerning this summary, please contact the project team by way of the project web site or hotline.
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