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Committee supports streetscape
HAMPO policy committee
The HAMPO policy committee meets Aug. 9. - photo by Denise Etheridge

The policy committee for the Hinesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a resolution Thursday in support of a proposed streetscape project that would beautify Main and Ryon Streets downtown. 

Area elected officials who serve as voting members on the HAMPO policy committee include Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown, the committee chair, Walthourville Mayor Daisy Pray, the committee vice chair, Liberty Commission Chairman Donald Lovette, Liberty County Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Flemington Mayor Paul Hawkins, Midway Mayor Pro-tem Clemontine Washington, Hinesville Council Member Vicky Nelson, Long County Chairman David Richardson, Liberty County Board of Education Chair Lily Baker, Gum Branch Mayor Ches O’Neil, Allenhurst Mayor Thomas Hines, Riceboro Mayor William Austin, Lynn Pace for Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission Chair Jack Shuman, Liberty County Development Authority Member Milissa Ray, Tom McQueen with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Kyle Wemett with Fort Stewart. 

The streetscape project would use $700,000 in SPLOST funds as a 20 percent local match, with the rest coming from GDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Grant Program, should the application be approved.

Nils Gustavson with the LCPC updated policy committee members on several GDOT projects. 

He said the U.S. 84 Freight Connector, also known at the Hinesville bypass, is expected to go out for bid in late 2020 and improvements to Flemington curve would be let out for bid in 2019.

The group also discussed renaming Airport Road to Liberty Parkway. 

The policy committee will hold its next regular meeting on Oct. 11. 

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