The Georgia Department of Transportation recently announced at a meeting with Coalition for the Right Road (CORR) that the cost to build the proposed U.S. 411 Connector, a road that connects Rome to I-75, will cost state taxpayers approximately $280 million.
GDOT has publicly stated the proposed design, Route D-VE, would cost $183 million. However, the agency failed to disclose to state taxpayers that an additional $96 million is required for preliminary engineering, right-of-way purchases, utility relocations, excavation costs and more. According to CORR’s engineering consultants, the cost for the road is expected to increase further.
In GDOT’s present estimate for the environmentally destructive Route D-VE, the agency is using a statewide, “unclassified” or “common excavation” average cost (per cubic yard) that it developed for the “typical” state road project. GDOT’s cost estimate for Route D-VE assumes the cost to excavate Dobbins Mountain, which is in the middle of the route, is the same as it would be for excavation work to build a road in, say, Camilla, Ga.
To view the rest of CORR’s press release, please visit https://therightroad.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/cost-release-9-8-10-final.doc