Atlanta has some of the worst surface streets in the nation (along with its unsynchronized traffic lights), creating an urban clusterfuck with few peers.
If city leaders are ever going to fix them, now’s the time. Don’t hold your breath.
Under the new law, the Georgia Department of Transportation will receive at least $2 billion. The state can use the money for infrastructure maintenance, which includes roads and transit.
Though a $1 million GDOT grant has been allocated to synchronize traffic signals along several major corridors in Midtown, drivers in much of the city remain captive to poorly timed lights. Mayor Reed claims fixing the logjam is a priority — assuming he can find the $15 to $20 million estimated get it done.
So far he hasn’t, and synchronizing the signals is nowhere to be found on Atlanta’s T-SPLOST wish list — at least not yet.
Plans for an additional $49 million in local spending — outside the five-year window — have not yet been detailed.
Hopefully the city’s convention visitors will start bitching about the stop and stop Atlanta traffic, as their input is valued above all others.