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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded more than $2.2 billion to 162 different projects across the country through the RAISE discretionary grant program. Among the projects receiving funding was $175,000 for the City of Thomasville’s Multimodal Transportation Plan.

Thomasville’s project aims to address transportation concerns within the community. The project includes a safety analysis of existing conditions and needs for all modes of transportation, including walking, biking, and driving. “We understand that people are traveling within our community in various ways, including automobiles and other motorized vehicles as well as by walking and biking,” said Kenny Thompson, Thomasville’s City Planner. “The aim of this project is to conduct a comprehensive study that allows everyone to travel in a manner that is safe while also providing community-wide connectivity.”

A presentation of Thomasville’s Multimodal Transportation Plan project will take place July 26th at 10:30 am at the Thomasville Municipal Building. Christopher Coes, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will be in Thomasville for the presentation and awarding of grant funds. As Assistant Secretary, Coes is responsible for recommending overall surface transportation policy initiatives to the Secretary and coordinates multi-modal initiatives, environmental reviews, and discretionary grant programs, including the development and the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. Coes is also a Thomasville native.

Four Georgia cities, including Thomasville, received project funding through the RAISE discretionary grant program. Additional projects include Atlanta’s Trails to Transit program ($25 million), the Gwinnett Place Transit Center ($20 million), and the Oconee Heights Streetscape and Safety Improvements project ($4.9 million).

RAISE discretionary grants support project sponsors at the state and local levels, including municipalities, Tribal governments, and counties, to complete critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects. Eligibility requirements allow project sponsors to secure funding for projects that are harder to support through other U.S. DOT grant programs.

The public is invited to attend Wednesday’s presentation to learn more about this upcoming City of Thomasville project. For more information, contact the City of Thomasville Planning Department at (229) 227-7001.


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