Macon among best in new freight transportation plan

mstucka@macon.comAugust 19, 2013 

Macon is among the best Georgia cities for freight highway connectivity in a new freight corridor plan approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation on Monday.

Macon’s official freight routes include Interstate 16 from the east, Interstates 75 and 475 from the north and south, a Ga. 74 connector going west toward LaGrange, and the state’s east-west Fall Line Freeway connecting through the area.

In contrast, Atlanta’s connectivity is centered on Interstates 20, 75 and 85 going through the city, as well as Interstate 285 as a bypass road.

The state DOT said a new law allows spending on such freight corridors to be exempted from balancing tests. Transportation spending must generally be balanced across congressional districts.

Another city that boasts many official state freight corridors is Waycross, in southeastern Georgia, where connectivity is provided through U.S. 1, 82 and 84. In contrast, Savannah has only Interstates 16 and 95.

Some Middle Georgia officials are pushing for improved highway access between Macon and LaGrange, which would help speed cargo from Savannah’s port to car factories.

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