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2015-2018 Public Participation Plan released

March 26, 2015

The Participation Plan (PP) is intended to provide a guideline for public involvement activities to be conducted by the Columbus Consolidated Government Planning Department. The plan is intended to identify a proactive public involvement process for the planning activities of the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study (CPCTS). It is also intended to enhance decision-making and to ensure that residents of Columbus, Georgia, Phenix City, Alabama and surrounding areas are invited and encouraged to participate in the transportation planning process.

GDOT Updates Complete Streets Design Policy

November 19, 2014

It is the policy of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to routinely incorporate bicycle, pedestrian, and transit (user and transit vehicle) accommodations into transportation infrastructure projects as a means for improving mobility, access, and safety for the traveling public. Accordingly, GDOT coordinates with local governments and regional planning agencies to ensure that bicycle, pedestrian, and transit needs are addressed beginning with system planning and continuing through design, construction, and maintenance and operations. This is the “Complete Streets” approach for promoting pedestrian, bicycle, and transit modes of travel in the State of Georgia.

The concept of Complete Streets emphasizes safety, mobility, and accessibility for all modes of travel (including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists) and individuals of all ages and abilities. The design of transportation projects for multiple modes of travel requires the balancing of the needs of each mode. This “balance” must be accomplished in a context sensitive manner appropriate to the type of roadway and conditions within the project and surrounding areas..

Columbus, Georgia Passenger Rail

April 12, 2013

Following a community meeting in November 2011, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson named a thirty person commission to study the feasibility of a passenger rail line from Columbus to Atlanta, Georgia. The Mayor's Commission on Passenger Rail is chaired by State Representative Calvin Smyre and Columbus attorney and rail enthusiast Edward Hudson and is comprised of business leaders, transportation officials, elected officials, and interested citizens.

Since its first meeting on January 4, 2012, the Mayor's Commission on Passenger Rail has made great strides by arranging to have the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) include Columbus, Georgia in its state rail plan. Also, the Commission was successful in gaining the GDOT's permission to access $300,000 in federal L230 transportation study funds to conduct a full feasibility study of the Columbus, Georgia intercity passenger rail line. The Commission expects the City to publish a Request for Proposal for a Rail Feasibility Study later this summer.

Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. and are open to the public. There will be no July meeting.

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Manchester Expressway Overlay District Ordinance

March 4, 2014

For information on the Manchester Expressway Overlay District Ordinance click here.

County Line Road Detour

March 6, 2014

County Line Road has an Emergency Road Closure due to a failure of a road bed and culvert located about 0.4 miles west of Central Church Road. Engineering consultants have been engaged to determine the best method of repair and the duration of such. We do expect this road closure to be in place for several months. Please see the detour path here.

Columbus Alternative Transportation Study Final Report

March 31, 2014

To access the Alternative Transportation Study Final Report click here.

Information on Buena Vista Road Improvements

May 19, 2014

Information from the May 12, 2014 Public Information Open House on the proposed improvements for Buena Vista Road, may be found at the links below. There are two different projects being proposed for this roadway.

The handouts and maps for both of these projects given out at the meeting may be found here.

Wynnton Road to Illges Road - Alternative 1 Alternative 2 Alternative 3 Combination Handout

Spiderweb - Alternative 1 Alternative 2 Alternative 3 Handout

Parks & Recreation Master Plan Has Been Updated

June 2, 2014

This plan outlines the community's vision for the future of Parks & Recreation through descriptive texts and maps and provides a plan to implement that vision. The Plan is not a mandated requirement for Parks & Recreation but is a critical road map for the future. All of the recommendations displayed in the plan are conceptual and may or may not actually take place.

To view the plan click here.

The Draft Transportation Improvement Program is Available for Review

August 25, 2014

The Draft TIP for Fiscal Year 2015-2018 has been approved. Review the document here now.

Columbus Plans! Spring 2014 Edition

April 14, 2014

The newest edition of Columbus Plans! is now available. Click here to review.




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