TIFTON — The Georgia Department of Transportation is making available the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2015-2018 in Southwest Georgia for public review and comment.

A local meeting will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Tifton Mall, 458 Virginia Ave., Tifton

The four-year STIP program is designed to achieve Georgia’s transportation goals as envisioned by the governor and State Transportation Board for improving the mobility of people and goods across the state, expand Georgia’s role in global commerce, reduce injury and loss of life on Georgia’s roadways and prioritize investments in the state’s transportation infrastructure, the agency said. The program specifies federally funded transportation projects in rural areas, with projects including, but not limited to, new construction, improvements and maintenance for interstate highways, state routes and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.

The Sept. 2 meeting is open for the public to view projects planned for Southwest Georgia counties, including: Berrien, Brooks, Coffee, Colquitt, Crisp, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Mitchell, Thomas, Tift and Worth.

The draft for the improvement program also will be available online at www.dot.ga.gov/stip.

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