Public Information Meeting # 2

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation hosted a Public Information Meeting at the Macon Centreplex on October 24, 2000. The purpose of the meeting was to present the preferred concept alternative and to receive comments on the preferred alternative from the public. Approximately 100 people attended the meeting, and the department received 131 comments. Individuals could submit their comments on a comment form, by speaking to a court reporter, through regular mail or by e-mail. An overview of the comments received appears below.



The largest share of comments (51 percent of the total) pertained to potential noise impacts.  Specifically, a number of residents from the Shirley Hills neighborhood submitted comments requesting that special attention be given to sound barriers to alleviate a noise problem in their community.  Other areas of environmental concern included historic preservation, encroachment into residential areas, flooding and the Ocmulgee River, and potential conflict with the Ocmulgee Greenway Project.  The comments related to environmental issues accounted for another 12 percent of the total comments received.

Comments pertaining to design issues accounted for 20 percent of the total comments received.  In this area, residents cited a desire for aesthetically pleasing structures and plantings for beautification.  Other residents made specific suggestions for design improvements, such as improving traffic flow to the Second Street exit to alleviate Gray Highway traffic at Spring Street.

In general, a vast majority of comments expressed support for the proposed improvements to the I-16/I-75 corridor in Macon.


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