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GDOT Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for Local Road Projects

Both the City of Cumming and Forsyth County were awarded funds to be used for local road projects.

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a combined amount of more than $1.4 million in transportation enhancement grants to the City of Cumming and Forsyth County to be used for road projects.

The City of Cumming was awarded $47,763.89, the City’s Fiscal Year 2013 allotment, while Forsyth County was awarded $1,420,397.19, the County’s fiscal year 2013 allotment, according to a GDOT release.

Rudy Bowen who represents the 7th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board, which includes southern Forsyth County, presented checks Thursday to Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Commission Chairman, R.J. (Pete) Amos.

Mayor Gravitt accepted the check and said, “I’d like to thank Georgia DOT. We have plans to patch plenty of potholes with this money. It will go a long way in Cumming."

The check to the county was presented by Bowen, and members of the Forsyth County Legislative Delegation, Sen. Jack Murphy, Rep. Mark Hamilton and Rep. Geoff Duncan at the county commission meeting.

“Forsyth County is committed to continually working to make transportation improvements throughout the county, said Chairman Amos. "The resurfacing of roadways that this grant will help fund is an important part of those improvements. We are sincerely appreciative of the Georgia Department of Transportation and to our state legislators for their continued support.”

Funding for transportation improvements is made possible through the Local Maintenance and Improvements Grant (LMIG) program.

The Georgia DOT is disbursing about $110 million in LMIG funds based on population and miles of local streets and roads in each jurisdiction. In a major improvement to the program this year, the department is giving the entire amount of the grant to the local governments as soon as it’s application is approved, instead of over time as projects are completed.

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