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DOT: Federal roads funding likely to see big drop-off

Deputy commissioner shared thoughts at South Hall Business Coalition

By Jeff Gill

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Georgia Department of Transportation’s deputy commissioner predicted Tuesday that federal gas tax revenues would plummet if, as he expects, Congress starts making ends meet.

Todd Long, speaking to the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s South Hall Business Coalition, addressed Congress’ passage last week of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, a 27-month transportation bill that has been signed by President Barack Obama.

But the money going out is much higher than the amount of gas tax revenues coming in.


Under the bill, Georgia expects to keep getting the same amount, or $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion annually, for transportation, said Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the DOT’s District 1, which includes Hall County.

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