Public meeting today on Berckmans widening

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:12 PM
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A public meeting is scheduled today for the proposed widening of Berckmans Road and its realignment with Alexander Drive. The $20.3 million proposal is one of many local projects that await funding from the transportation tax.

Berckmans sign  Michael Holahan/ Chronicle
Michael Holahan/ Chronicle
Berckmans sign

Five concepts for the project, which will require land and rights-of-way acquisitions, will be presented at the meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

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Insider Information 06/12/12 - 01:05 pm
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That's a lot of money and to

That's a lot of money and to do what?

To put this in perspective, you could build an entire school for that amount of money.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/12/12 - 01:13 pm
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T-SPLOST

That's okay, Insider. We all know that sales tax money is not real money. It's like Monopoly money. Nobody misses it when they pay it.

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Insider Information 06/12/12 - 01:22 pm
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LL, amen to that.I'm sure it

LL, amen to that.

I'm sure it is pure coincidence that this project is outside the gates of the Big Green Monster, also know as our dear Masters.

By the way, any guesses on how long it take from the announcement of this project until the National requests to close Berckmans Road?

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burninater 06/12/12 - 02:38 pm
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Considering that the Masters

Considering that the Masters typically injects $150 MILLION (source, gob.org) to the local economy, "dear" is exactly right. Whether or not this is necessary is the pertinent issue. But if we have grown so anti tax that we don't even want to pay for roads, then we've got a serious problem. Do we really want a for-profit network of toll roads everywhere?

burninater
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burninater 06/12/12 - 01:50 pm
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That should be gpb.org, not

That should be gpb.org, not gob. Darn autocorrect.

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Insider Information 06/12/12 - 02:14 pm
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Hmmmm... Drop a mere $20

Hmmmm... Drop a mere $20 million to keep our Masters happy or put it toward fixing the deadliest stretch of road in all of Richmond County.

That's an easy one... People die all the time, but the Masters only rolls around once a year, so let's be sure to do all we can to keep the Big Green Monster well fed.

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countyman 06/12/12 - 02:20 pm
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The Hwy 56/Mike Padgett plan

The Hwy 56/Mike Padgett plan is much further ahead of Berckman rd, and should break ground in 2013... Even the Wrightsboro rd widening(I-520 to Jimmie Dyess), and Windsor Spring rd(Tobacco rd to Hephzibah) will start before Berckman rd..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/12/12 - 02:53 pm
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Contingency

If the Berckmans Rd. re-routing and widening is contingent on passage of the T-SPLOST, then we can hope that the project never starts.

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dichotomy 06/12/12 - 04:27 pm
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My guess is that the

My guess is that the Berckmans Road project will progress just as fast as the Augusta National wants it to progress.

And as for "if we have grown so anti tax that we don't even want to pay for roads"...........EXCUSE ME but I do believe we ALREADY PAY lots of direct, dedicated taxes for road building and maintenance. Just because all of the money seems to get spent in the metro Atlanta area does not mean we need to roll over and voluntarily give them more of our hard earned money. You want me to pay more taxes for roads? First you prove to me that we are getting OUR FAIR SHARE of the taxes we are already paying for roads.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/13/12 - 09:39 am
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Correctomundo

You are correct, dichotomy. The T-SPLOST is a new tax. They need to to spend existing taxes more efficiently and wisely before we think about giving them even more money to spend wastefully and foolishly.

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iwaspregnantin1993 06/13/12 - 10:01 am
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I think the National should

I think the National should be required to chip in some major change to make this giant project happen - like half of it. Lord knows they have put up some real serious money to purchase the land that they want us to avoid.

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