The single largest line item on the county project list is $14M for SSI Gateway & Torras Causeway Traffic Improvements. What exactly would this money be spent on?

            This project was presented to the Board of Commissioners on May 17.  It was the culmination of a traffic study done by Kimley-Horne regarding traffic flow and safety standards for traffic coming onto and leaving the island.

The project in a shortened version:  The St. Simons Island (SSI) Gateway, located in Glynn County, Georgia, is the primary entrance to St. Simons Island and is comprised of the intersections of FJ Torras Causeway (the Causeway), Kings Way, Sea Island Road, and Demere Road. This area experiences congestion during AM, Mid-day (MD), and PM peak hours that now persists all year-round. 

The gateway’s present design features a stop light at Sea Island Road and Demere Road which:

 a) backs up traffic coming onto the island 

b) backs up traffic leaving the island on Demere Road. 

In addition, there is a stop sign for Kings Way travelers at Sea Island Road, which makes it difficult for travelers to merge onto Sea Island Road.  

This project will eliminate the stop sign at King’s Way and Sea Island Road and the traffic light at Sea Island and Demere roads by creating a traditional two-lane roundabout. A flyover bridge is also proposed to be constructed on Sea Island Road over Demere Road where the two now intersect.

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1. How did SPLOST come to be?
2. Who pays SPLOST?
3. How long does SPLOST last?
4. How was the SPLOST list created?
5. How do 2nd Tier projects that were included in the SPLOST Referendum become funded?
6. What are some examples of past SPLOST projects?
7. When will this referendum be voted on?
8. The single largest line item on the county project list is $14M for SSI Gateway & Torras Causeway Traffic Improvements. What exactly would this money be spent on?
9. The next largest line item is $11.7M for a Public Safety Multiuse Facility for Emergency Operations, Communications Continuity of Operations Center, and First Responder Training Center. Can you ...
10. Are there any proposed Tier 2 projects for the Economic Development Authority, Jekyll Island Authority, or Glynn County Airport Commission?
11. Can you explain your process for determining the current cost estimates for your project lists? Have you already secured bids or quotes? In the past, actual costs for SPLOST projects have far ...
12. Are the proposed software updates considered eligible projects, they do not seem to meet the definition of capital outlay as defined in OCGA 14-8-11(a)(1). They seem more like current expenditures.
13. What are the expected timelines for these projects to begin and be completed? I understand that there is a six-year window but would also like to know when and how the projects will be prioritized.
14. What is the estimated timeline for each project from RFP until final signoff of the Capital Project final payment?
15. Though Georgia State law does allow the use of the SPLOST process to purchase capital equipment such as fire trucks, etc.... Why are we doing it this way? Why aren't these items part of the ...
16. Where is the annual forecast for this revenue and who developed it? The total amount for Tier 1 & 2 is almost $170 million dollars over 6 years. However, the amount of revenue forecasted with ...
17. Though the projects are split into Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories, what is the order of priority of each category? How do we know which projects will be executed first?