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Address: 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: 770-288-7669  Fax: 770-288-7440
DirectorSam Baker, AICP
Email: sbaker@co.henry.ga.us
 

Mission

The mission of the Department of Transportation Planning is to make transportation infrastructure investments in Henry County on the basis of a citizen-accepted and county-adopted long-range transportation plan. Towards this end, we develop and periodically update a Comprehensive Transportation Plan. This plan lists all the major transportation projects Henry County intends to undertake to meet the transportation needs now and in the future. In addition to a transportation plan, the Department plans to undertake various other transportation plans and planning studies. They may include transit plan, trails plan, freight study, etc.

The Department of Transportation Planning was created in December 2019 in light of Henry County’s tremendous growth in population and the resulting increased traffic congestion. As such, we are a very new department. Our mission is to collaborate with the County’s Transportation Department, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Department, and the Transit Department to meet Henry County citizens’ transportation needs now and in the future.

Henry County is the only local government that has a transportation planning department in the entire Atlanta region and possibly even beyond. This reflects the importance the County and its leadership place on making transportation investment decisions on the basis of a long-range comprehensive transportation plan that has been vetted through an extensive citizen engagement process. Since the inception of the Henry County Department of Transportation Planning, it has submitted a bold and ambitious transportation planning agenda to the county management and the Henry County Board of Commissioners, has received concurrence and the funding to pursue, and has undertaken three major transportation planning initiatives to be conducted concurrently. They are: (1) update the Henry County Comprehensive Transportation Plan, (2) develop a Henry County Transit Master Plan, and (3) develop a Henry County Trails Master Plan.


Transportation Plans

The following is a list of plan documents that include transportation in Henry County:

PLANNED TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

Comprehensive Transportation Plan

Henry County, in coordination with the Cities of Stockbridge, McDonough, Locust Grove, and Hampton, developed a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) in 2016. This CTP assessed Henry County’s existing transportation infrastructure. It estimated Henry County’s population, households, employment, and student enrollment in schools and colleges in the base year (2010) and projected their growth to the plan year (2040). Based on such projected growth over the 30-year time period, the CTP then came up with a list of transportation projects for implementation between 2016 and 2040. The planned projects are divided into four lists based on anticipated availability of funding and time frame as below:

  1. Short-Range Projects (2016-2021)
  1. Mid-Range Projects (2022-2030)
  1. Long-Range Projects (2031-2040)
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  1. Unconstrained Projects (Beyond 2040, Funding Not Identified)

The Henry County Department of Transportation Planning won a grant awarded by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia Civic Affairs Foundation to hire a transportation planning intern in the summer of 2021.  The intern hired was tasked with projects to make the Henry County 2016 Comprehensive Transportation Plan more accessible and easier to understand for the citizens of Henry County.

The intern created a website map showing all the projects recommended in our transportation plan.  Citizens can click on individual projects on this map which open profiles of the projects in a window with key information on those projects.  The intern also created a wall map that summarizes our transportation plan’s recommendations on one map for easier comprehension.

While Henry County has a transportation plan, it is a rather thick document and is not necessarily very reader friendly.  Many citizens do not even know what is in their county’s transportation plan and what each transportation project in the plan is all about.  With a one-page profile on every planned transportation project, a wall map summarizing an entire plan document, and a website map of transportation projects, it is our hope that the citizens of Henry County will more easily understand and be better able to access the information contained in Henry County’s transportation plan and, thus, make the transportation plan a more useful tool for implementation.

Check out our intern’s work below:

The CTP is updated approximately every five years. Henry County has undertaken an update of the CTP in May 2021 and will have it updated by June 2022.


Henry County Transportation Plan: 2022 Update

On September 1, 2020, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was released seeking bids from qualified consultants to update the County’s transportation plan. The deadline to submit proposals was October 1, 2020. Below is a link to the RFP:

Henry County Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update Request for Proposals (PDF)

In April 2021, Henry County selected Pond & Company to undertake this project. A project kick-off meeting was held on May 19, 2021.

An external project website dedicated to the development of the Henry County Transportation Plan has been launched. We plan to utilize this website to not only inform the public but also solicit your location-specific input and opinions via an interactive map. To access this external website, please click the link below:

https://planningatpond.com/Henry-Transportation-Plan

Various strategies have been planned to engage the citizens of Henry County and solicit public input during the planning process.  They include stakeholder meetings, speaking with citizens at various community events, online engagement via surveys and social media, interviewing people, asking people to draw and comment on maps, etc.  On July 31, 2021, we spoke with many citizens about what transportation issues are on their minds at the annual Geranium Festival in McDonough Square:

Outreach at Geranium Festival 2021

The project team gave a presentation on the transportation plan update before the Henry County Board of Commissioners on August 3, 2021 and sought the Board’s input. Below is the presentation that was given:

• Henry County Transportation Plan Presentation, August 3, 2021

A virtual public meeting was held on October 5, 2021.  We received a lot of valuable comments and suggestions from our citizens at this meeting.

Transportation Planning Public Meeting


Transportation Improvement Program

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the tool used to implement the CTP. A TIP is a short-term planning document that lists transportation projects, picked from the long-range transportation plan for implementation over the upcoming six years, with the amount of funds and sources of such funds identified. It, therefore, is not a transportation project wish list but rather a financially-constrained project list.

The TIP is a federally-required document that is prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), as the federally-designated regional transportation planning agency for the Atlanta urbanized area, in coordination with Henry County. Below is a link to the current TIP which lists Henry County projects for implementation from 2020 to 2025:

Fiscal Year 2020-2025 Transportation Improvement Program

The TIP above, however, does not list all the transportation projects that are planned to be constructed in Henry County during the above mentioned period. It is a federally-required planning document that lists only those projects that involve federal and state funds. Any project that is 100% locally funded, for example, a sidewalk construction project using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), may not be listed in the TIP. For additional locally-funded projects, please see our SPLOST Department.


Major Transportation Projects

I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes Project

The I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes (I-75 CVL) project is part of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)’s Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP). The I-75 CVL project will add two truck-only lanes along I-75 in the northbound direction between the I-475 and I-75 interchange in Macon and Exit 216 at North McDonough Road/State Route 155 in McDonough. The CVLs will be separated from the general purpose (GP) lanes by concrete barriers.

A close up of a map  Description automatically generatedThe I-75 corridor is part of the designated statewide freight network and is one of the most heavily utilized freight corridors, not only in the state, but in the country. As the nation’s fourth busiest port, the Port of Savannah continues to expand with the majority of freight movements from the Port occurring along I-75 to the metro Atlanta region and points beyond. In addition to the Port of Savannah, I-75 also serves freight movements northbound from the state of Florida, which is Georgia’s top trading partner in terms of total freight tonnage. The significant freight volumes along I-75 today will only continue to increase.

The proposed truck-only lanes project is the first of its kind in the United States and will support the state’s economic competitiveness in the global marketplace through the efficient movement of freight. Separating trucks and passenger traffic by adding truck-only lanes will add capacity for commercial vehicles, improve operational efficiency through travel-time reliability and congestion reduction for both trucks and passenger vehicles, and improve safety for all along the I-75 corridor. Construction of this project is expected to begin in 2024 and end in 2028. Please see the links below for more details:

New Interchange on I-75 at Bethlehem Road

The Georgia Department of Transportation undertook the scoping of a new interchange on I-75 at Bethlehem Road in 2020. This project will build a bridge over I-75 and general purpose ramps from I-75 to/from Bethlehem Road to facilitate all movements. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024 and completed in 2027. This project is estimated to cost around $120 million.

New Interchange on I-75 at Bethlehem Road

Western Parallel Connector

The Georgia Department of Transportation approved the design and location of a new road construction in June 2020. This new road will be called Western Parallel Connector. Western Parallel Connector will be located along the west side of I-75 from Jonesboro Road/SR 920 to Hudson Bridge Road. It will be approximately 3.3 miles long. The roadway will consist of four lanes, two in each direction, separated by an 18-foot wide raised median. The project will consist of both urban and rural typical sections. The urban shoulders will have 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the road, and the rural shoulders will have a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of the road only.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is acquiring right-of-way for this road. Construction is scheduled in 2023. This road project is estimated to cost over $60 million, with a combination of state and local funds.

Rock Quarry Road Widening

Rock Quarry Road is being widened from two to four lanes from north of Eagles Landing Parkway to North Henry Boulevard/US23/SR 138.  Due to funding shortage, the project has been split into two phases.  The first phase will widen the road from north of Eagles Landing Parkway to Banks Road, and the second phase will be from Banks Road to North Henry Boulevard.  Location and design of the road widening was approved in June 2020.  The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is now proceeding with right-of-way acquisition.  Construction is scheduled for 2023.  This road project is estimated to cost $43 million.

TRANSIT PLANNING

Background

Henry County developed the Our Future In Motion – Henry County Transit Feasibility Study in 2016 as part of the County’s update of its Comprehensive Transportation plan. This study is Henry County’s current de facto transit plan. Below is a map of the recommendations made in the transit plan:


Since the completion of this 2016 study, two major events have happened:

  1. The Georgia state legislators created a new regional transit agency called the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL). Any transit projects that need federal transit funds must be in the ATL’s regional transit plan for the Atlanta metropolitan area. In addition, the ATL has an annual call for projects seeking projects from the transit operators in the Atlanta area for funding. The Henry County Transit (HCT) needs to have a transit vision and a game plan in place to help determine what transit funding applications it should submit to the regional transit authority.
  1. Henry County has grown significantly in population. In addition, a new decennial Census was conducted in 2020. This new Census is expected to show that Henry County has become more urbanized. This transition from a more rural or suburban county into an urbanized area has major financial consequences for HCT. HCT, as a rural area transit service provider per the 2010 Census, has been receiving federal transit operations funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Once the 2020 Census data is released in around 2023, such federal transit operations funding for rural areas is expected to decline or diminish, and HCT, as an urbanized area transit service provider, will be expected to be more self-reliant or secure state/local funds for transit operations. At this time, there is not another source of funds identified for operations to replace the to-be lost funds earmarked for rural areas. Henry County, therefore, urgently needs to come up with a new transit plan defining what type of transit service (fixed-route, demand-response, micro-transit, etc.) is feasible here and how to fund such service.

Henry County Transit Master Plan

In light of the two events mentioned above, Henry County has teamed up with the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to develop a new Henry County Transit Master Plan in fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The ATL released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on June 15, 2020 seeking bids from qualified consultants. The deadline to submit proposals in response to this RFP was July 17, 2020.

Following a review of the proposals received by a committee consisting of city, county, and ATL representatives, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) has been selected the prime consultant to develop the Henry County Transit Master Plan. This transit plan development project was kicked off on October 5, 2020 and is expected to be completed in September 2021 as shown in the project schedule below:

Henry County Transit Master Plan

An external project website dedicated to the development of the Henry County Transit Master Plan has been launched. We plan to utilize this website to not only inform the public but also solicit your location-specific input and opinions via an interactive map. To access this external website, please click the link below:

www.HenryTransitMasterPlan.com

As the project schedule above shows, this Transit Master Plan development includes extensive citizen engagement via various methods to solicit public input. One of the methods is the creation of a Stakeholder Committee. The Stakeholder Committee held its first of three meetings on January 28, 2021. In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this meeting was held online for everyone’s safety. During this meeting, citizens expressed their vision of transit service in Henry County. Below is an image that captured a moment during this meeting:

The transit planning project team presented before the Henry County Board of Commissioners and sought the Board’s input on February 2nd. Here is the presentation that was given:

An online public meeting was held on February 25, 2021. The project team interviewed the Henry County commissioners, the mayors of our four municipalities, and ATL board members in March.

A report making an inventory of existing and projected future conditions including those that drive transit demand, such as population and employment growth, has been completed. This report provides background information relevant to the development of the transit master plan by laying the foundation for the future phases of the plan. Below is the report:

A charrette was held on April 29, 2021 to elicit ideas from citizens that would provide direction on how the County should develop its public transportation to best support the continued growth and development of Henry County. Below is the presentation that was shared with the attendees:

Based on the input received from the citizens via an online survey and from various stakeholders at the charrette, the project team then developed a transit vision to meet the mobility needs of the citizens. The vision provides a future direction for public transportation in Henry County. Below is the County’s transit vision for the future:

Our project team has developed a "universe of projects" which is a list of all potential public transportation options under consideration. These projects are being analyzed further for final recommendation.

FINAL VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING | NOVEMBER 9, 2021, 6:00PM TO 7:30PM

Please join us for the Henry County Transit Master Plan final virtual public meeting. During this meeting we’ll share information on the plan’s draft recommendations and seek your feedback.

Register for the meeting or https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316348502492/WN_zw1009CCTMeu_mcNRqILHQ
Join by phone: 301-715-8592
Webinar ID: 886 6026 1059

Henry County Transit Plan Meeting Flyer

Please visit this webpage for future updates.

TRAILS PLANNING

Henry County developed a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) in 2016. This Plan suggested some concepts for trails on a map shown below:

The CTP then recommended that Henry County develop a countywide multi-use trails plan to look further into these concepts and more precisely define exactly what paths such trails will take. Henry County has yet to develop such a trails plan.


Henry County Trails Plan

On September 1, 2020, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was released seeking bids from qualified consultants to develop a Trails Plan for Henry County as part of an update of the County’s Transportation Plan. The deadline to submit proposals was October 1, 2020. Henry County has undertaken the development of a Henry County Trails Master Plan in May 2021 and will have it developed by June 2022. Below is a link to the RFP:

Henry County Trails Plan Request for Proposals (PDF)

In April 2021, Henry County selected Pond & Company to undertake this project. A project kick-off meeting was held on May 19, 2021.

An external project website dedicated to the development of the Henry County Trails Plan has been launched. We plan to utilize this website to not only inform the public but also solicit your location-specific input and opinions via an interactive map. To access this external website, please click the link below:

https://planningatpond.com/Henry-Trails-Plan

HenryCo-TransportationPlan-logo

Various strategies have been planned to engage the citizens of Henry County and solicit public input during the planning process. They include stakeholder meetings, speaking with citizens at various community events, online engagement via surveys and social media, interviewing people, asking people to draw and comment on maps, etc. On July 31, 2021, we spoke with many citizens about where they thought trails should be constructed in the county at the annual Geranium Festival in McDonough Square:

Geranium Festival Outreach 2021

The project team gave a presentation on the development of a trails plan before the Henry County Board of Commissioners on August 3, 2021 and sought the Board’s input. Below is the presentation that was given:

• Henry County Trails Plan Presentation, August 3, 2021

A virtual public meeting was held on October 5, 2021.  We received a lot of valuable comments and suggestions from our citizens at this meeting.

Transportation Planning Public Meeting

On a beautiful sunny day in October 2021, we had a guided field trip to see two trails in a neighboring county. Our group consisted of Henry County staff, trail planning consultants, local citizens, and one bicycle enthusiast. Our objective was to acquire ideas from other trails that we could potentially incorporate in the development of our trails plan and implement in Henry County. So, what did we observe and learn from our field trip? We visited a trail that connects two parks and goes through multiple existing mature residential neighborhoods. We observed that such a trail has much higher usage, mostly by nearby residents, than some other trails we have seen that are out in the woods, away from any development, connect nothing, and require driving some distance and parking a vehicle in order to use them. We were impressed to see how many people were walking on this particular trail on a typical weekday during regular work hours and were told that even more people use the trail on weekends.

We visited a pedestrian bridge over a railroad track along a trail. This pedestrian bridge has turned into a social gathering place and a family picnic spot even though it was never planned to be such. Families gather here, have picnic on the bridge, while children watch freight train go by underneath.

We visited one trail that is made of wood and another trail that is made of concrete. We learned that while it costs less upfront to use wood compared to other materials, over time it is more expensive to maintain because wood rots and decays in rain and under hot sun. In fact, over a 15-to-20-year period, we were told 100% of wood panels need to be replaced. There are alternate materials that may cost more upfront but are more durable, last longer, and cost less to maintain in the long run.


Panola Mountain Greenway

Construction of the Panola Mountain Greenway was undertaken with a groundbreaking ceremony in January 2020:

Panola Mountain Greenway Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony

This 1.6-mile trail is from Panola Mountain State Park to Austin Road Middle School constructed at a cost of approximately $2,725,000, with the assistance of the Georgia Department of Transportation and the PATH Foundation. There is plan to extend this trail another 0.9 miles from Austin Road Middle School to Fairview Library, in a second phase, in the future. Here is a map of the first phase of this trail:

Panola Mountain Greenway Trail

Panola Mountain Greenway – Phase I has been constructed:

Panola Mountain Greenway – Phase I has been constructed:”

FREIGHT PLANNING

Background

Henry County’s geographic location being along I-75 between Port of Savannah and Atlanta right on the edge of the Atlanta metropolitan area makes it an ideal place for warehouses and distribution centers for delivery of goods.  These facilities also bring with them a lot of truck traffic to and through our county.  As the Port of Savannah expands its capacity and Atlanta’s population grows, the freight traffic volume is going to increase as well in order to deliver more goods to more people.  So, knowing the current freight traffic situation and the future projection, what should Henry County do?

Truck Traffic

Another major problem in Henry County associated with freight traffic is truck parking—or the shortage of it.  Have you ever noticed trucks parked alongside roads as well as exit and entry ramps on I-75 where they are not supposed to be parked?  Have you ever wondered why they are parked there?  It is because there is no place available for the truck drivers to park their trucks legally and safely.  Truck drivers are under strict regulations which mandate that they can drive a certain number of hours and then must stop and rest.  When they reach their time limit in Henry County and must stop, they often do not find a place to park their trucks, as is an example shown below.

Illegal Truck Parking

Henry County’s current zoning ordinance does not allow the construction of a truck parking lot as a primary land use. Why not? Because nobody wants a truck parking lot next to them. And, guess what?  Neither do our neighboring counties. So, what is a hapless truck driver to do? Henry County’s current restriction on truck parking reflects the wishes of its citizens. But with such restriction, are we as a county also part of the problem we have created? Instead of expressing our frustration towards these truck drivers for parking their trucks illegally, what should Henry County do about this truck parking situation in our county? Trying to address these thorny questions which are not going away anytime soon is what freight planning is all about.

Commercial Vehicle Lanes Project

The Georgia Department of Transportation is constructing two barrier-separated truck-only lanes on I-75 from north of Macon to Exit 216 in Henry County. These will be the first lanes constructed in the United States dedicated only for trucks.

The idea behind this project is to separate truck traffic from the rest, increase capacity of I-75, and, thus, improve overall traffic flow. But these truck-only lanes will come to an end in our county where the trucks will merge with the other traffic on the general purpose lanes. What will be the effect of such merger on I-75 at State Route 155? This is also where many industries, warehouses, and distribution facilities have located or planning to locate in the future.  

Freight Planning

The Henry County Department of Transportation Planning wishes to study the area in and around Exit 216 more in detail to help make freight-related transportation decisions.  We are presently updating the county’s comprehensive transportation plan.  This plan is going to address freight-related issues at the county level and will be completed in June 2022. Following the completion of this transportation plan update, we may consider undertaking a freight cluster plan to answer some of the questions raised earlier.  Federal grant is available through the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) under its freight cluster program that will cover 80% of the cost of such a study.  ARC designates Henry County one of the freight clusters in the Atlanta region.

CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE PLANNING

Background

In Henry County, we have started to think about connected and autonomous vehicles.  They seem to be the future of automobiles.  So, what are they?  Connected vehicles are cars and trucks with on-board instruments that allow them to communicate with traffic signals and other vehicles around them.  Such communication ability enables them to slow down and maintain a safe distance to avoid collision with other vehicles, know and warn driver when a pedestrian is crossing a road and take appropriate precaution, and so on.  Autonomous vehicles are driverless or self-driving cars and trucks that are capable of sensing their environment and moving safely with little or no human input (Wikipedia).

Regional Connected Vehicle Deployment Program

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), in coordination with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), is deploying connected vehicle technology at 1,000 road intersections in the Atlanta region on a first-come-first-serve basis. The federal government is paying 80% of the cost of such deployment, and local governments need to come up with a 20% local match.  Henry County is among the local governments that are taking advantage of this deployment program. In May 2021, we entered into an intergovernmental agreement with GDOT to install connected vehicle technology at 20 road intersections in Henry County.  

Regional Connected Vehicle Deployment Program

With such technology deployed, traffic signal will give priority to emergency vehicles (police and fire) to pass through such intersections and potentially respond to emergencies quicker. These 20 road intersections were selected by the Henry County Fire Department. Below is a list of these intersections:

1. Eagles Landing Parkway and Rock Quarry Road
2. Eagles Landing Parkway and US 23/SR 42
3. US 23/SR 42 and SR 138
4. SR 20 and SR 81
5. McDonough-Hampton Road/SR 20 and Industrial Parkway
6. McDonough-Hampton Road/SR 20 and South Point Boulevard
7. McDonough-Hampton Road/SR 20 and Highway 81-Avalon Parkway
8. McDonough-Hampton Road/SR 20 and I-75
9. McDonough-Hampton Road/SR 20 and Industrial Boulevard-Willow Lane
10. McDonough-Hampton Road/SR 20 and Old Industrial Boulevard
11. McDonough-Hampton Road/SR 20 and I-75
12. North McDonough Road/SR 155 and Henry Parkway
13. North McDonough Road/SR 155 and Industrial Boulevard
14. North McDonough Road/SR 155 and I-75
15. North McDonough Road/SR 155 and Westridge Parkway
16. North McDonough Road/SR 155 and Avalon Parkway-Liberty Industrial Parkway
17. North McDonough Road/SR 155 and I-75
18. North Henry Boulevard/US 23/SR 138 and East Atlanta Road-Harrell Drive
19. North Henry Boulevard/US 23/SR 138 and Rock Quarry Road
20. SR 155 and East Lake Parkway-East Lake Road

Here is additional information on the regional connected vehicle technology deployment project:

Henry County is presently updating its comprehensive transportation plan.  As part of this plan update, we are taking a comprehensive look at all aspects of transportation in the county including the present condition and the future of connected and autonomous vehicles.

TRANSPORTATION RELATED COMMITTEES

Transportation Advisory Group

Henry County, in coordination with the Cities of Stockbridge, McDonough, Hampton, and Locust Grove, adopted a resolution on August 4, 2020 to create a citizen-appointed Transportation Advisory Group (TAG). The goal for creating the TAG is to engage the citizens of Henry County and its municipalities in the county’s transportation planning process, enable them to give input, make recommendations on transportation planning projects, and assist in the implementation of transportation plans. Henry County has undertaken three major planning projects: update a transportation plan, develop a transit master plan, and prepare a trails plan. The TAG has been playing a key role in the development of these three plans.

Ten citizens are appointed by the city and county elected officials to the TAG for a two-year term. Five of these ten citizens represent the five commission districts of Henry County, one citizen represents the Henry County Commission Chair, and the remaining four citizens represent the four municipalities.

There remain some vacant positions on the TAG. If you live in Henry County and are interested in joining this citizen group, please get in touch with your elected official. The Henry County Department of Transportation Planning is excited about the TAG and enjoys working side-by-side with this group of citizens on various ongoing and upcoming transportation planning initiatives, transportation project funding, and implementation of transportation plans.

TSPLOST Committee

Henry County has formed a TSPLOST Committee of key county employees in June 2020 to explore the feasibility of a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) to implement some of the county’s much needed transportation projects that are recommended in Henry County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

The primary funding source of road projects in the county has been federal transportation funds which come from taxes on gasoline and diesel. This gas tax has remained the same since 1993. Over the years, the cost of transportation projects has gone up. Inflation has eroded what can be implemented with the gas tax revenue nearly three decades later. On top, automobiles have become a lot more fuel-efficient over the years. The cars today burn significantly less gas than their predecessors which mean less gas tax revenue to build and maintain our roads and bridges. The State of Georgia passed the Transportation Funding Act in 2015 raising the state gasoline excise tax. It raises nearly $900 million annually statewide and has been of great help in advancing some much needed transportation projects statewide including in Henry County. Henry County has had a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for a number of years. Some of the SPLOST proceeds have been spent on transportation projects. But, in light of Henry County’s continued growth in population and resulting traffic congestion, the SPLOST proceeds have not been sufficient in implementing our long list of capacity-increasing road projects. This is where a TSPLOST is being considered what it can potentially help us accomplish in implementing some of our transportation projects. Unlike a SPLOST which devotes only a portion to transportation, a TSPLOST will invest all the proceeds on an approved list of transportation projects.

A TSPLOST is an additional sales tax imposed on the sales of goods and services. It can be a maximum of 1% if Henry County and the Cities of Stockbridge, McDonough, Locust Grove, and Hampton enter into an intergovernmental agreement but is limited to a maximum of 0.75% in the absence of such an agreement. A TSPLOST of 1% is expected to raise approximately $245 million over a five-year period for transportation projects. In comparison, a TSPLOST of 0.75% is expected to raise about $184 million over the same time period. The TSPLOST Committee has developed a list of transportation projects to take it before the voters for a TSPLOST referendum in November 2021. The municipalities have also developed their own lists of transportation projects for potential TSPLOST funding.

Henry TSPLOST Logo

Below is a list of documents the TSPLOST Committee has prepared so far:

On November 2, 2021, the voters of Henry County approved a TSPLOST. The TSPLOST Committee served its purpose of informing and educating the public on the TSPLOST and has since been dissolved.