Capital City Widening Project Gets Financial Boost

If the bill passes in the U.S. Senate the amount could be doubled.

Eight million in federal dollars is headed to the city of Tallahassee for a Capital Circle Northwest widening project slated to start in the next three months.

The entire Capital Circle project has a $400 million price tag, so any help is a relief on local taxpayers.

Bob Rackleff, Leon County Commissioner, says, "This is coming about because the taxpayers a few years ago passed the Penny Sales Tax that has provided the basic funding for expanding Capital Circle and completing the multi-laying of it all the way around."

Jim Davis, Director of Blueprint 2000, says the money could not have come at a better time. It's just a portion of the Transportation Equity Act, a $300 billion bill to improve the nation's highways and mass transit.

Jim Davis says, "The cost for Capital Circle Northwest has skyrocketed primarily because of right of way costs. It was $5 million. It jumped to $24 million and now it is $45 million."

Widening Capital Circle is an answer to alleviating traffic and promoting economic growth near the airport. The Capital Circle Northwest project should be complete in about two and half years.

Georgia Cong. Sanford Bishop says about 38 million in federal dollars are headed to Georgia's second district for transportation projects there.