STIP Open House Tonight

The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold the first of two open houses on its Draft 2013-2016 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan, or STIP, this evening in northeast Georgia.

The open house is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Helen City Hall at 25 Alpenrosen Street in Helen.

Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope said the STIP is a listing of federally funded transportation projects within the state that are anticipated to be funded during fiscal years 2013 through 2016.

“We have three different stages of work, the design, the land acquisition, and the actual construction phase of work, so if a project has any money in either of those three phases of work over the next four fiscal years, it will show up in the county in this STIP document,” said Pope. “We come out to show the public the work program with federal money over the next four years and let them know what type of work is planned in their area.”

According to Pope, projects listed in the STIP are identified through the Georgia DOT’s ongoing planning processes in keeping with the Governor’s strategic goals.

Pope says that the DOT will have draft copies of the STIP at the open house for the public to view. In addition, people will be able to view maps of projects in their local area, discuss projects with Georgia DOT staff, and formally offer comments.

A second open house will take place Thursday, November 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department’s Pat Bell Conference Center located at 7020 Highway 82 Spur in Maysville.

For those who cannot make it to either open house, Pope says the draft STIP is available to view online at