The transportation spending bill passed by the Legislature last week will take care of Georgia’s road needs for the near future, the legislation’s main architect says.

“For the next 10 to 15 years, we’re going to be in pretty good shape,” House Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, told InsiderAdvantage Georgia.

While House Bill 170 will raise about an additional $900 million a year instead of the $1 billion frequently cited as the minimum needed for adequate road and bridge maintenance, Roberts hailed the legislation as a major step.

“It’s the culmination of a long-term deal,” Roberts said in a brief interview with InsiderAdvantage Georgia on the session’s hectic last day. “It’s taken us about a year and a half now. To put this together, a lot of people have worked really hard. There’s been a lot of compromise. I think now we have a sense of accomplishment as a whole that we can move the state forward with transportation and have a reliable, sustainable source of funding.” 

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