DOT Says It Is Not Withholding Road Construction Money

September 14, 2011  |  

(AJC) — The Georgia Department of Transportation said Tuesday it has spent nearly $1 billion last budget year on road projects and related costs, rejecting a contention that the agency has been stifling job creation in Georgia’s beleaguered construction industry.  Some of Georgia’s most powerful contractors have claimed hundreds, if not thousands, of on-the-ground jobs have been lost because the department has not spent money more urgently during the recession on paving and road projects. The allegation surfaced last week when the DOT’s governing board booted former Commissioner Vance Smith from the top job.

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