The Georgia Department of Transportation board plans to hold its October meetings in Columbus.
The meetings will be Oct. 14 and 15 at the Doubletree Hotel on Airport Thurway. It will be the first time in more than seven years the board has meet in Columbus.
“This will give Columbus folks the opportunity to tell the board what projects are needed in the city,” said board member Sam Wellborn, a retired local bankern
Mayor Jim Wetherington and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce President Mike Gaymon worked together to get the board, which controls state transportation planning and funding, here.
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“Why would you not want them here?” Wetherington said. “We want them here because we need a good relationship with the Department of Transportation. I think this will show how much we appreciate then and need their continued help.”
Plans are to take board members and DOT staff, which includes Commissioner Vance Smith of Pine Mountain, on tours of the projects the state has helped fund here.
“We will definitely take them down to the interchange at Victory Drive and show them the new entrance to Fort Benning,” Wellborn said.