ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) announced $821,163 in 2020 Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council (REBC) Grants (formerly known as the GATEway Grant program). The DOT received 37 applications and selected 22 recipients. Recipients include one county, 17 cities and four community improvement districts, including the City of Thomasville. Eight recipients have been granted the maximum award of $50,000.

The City of Thomasville received $37,200 for enhancements along Cairo Road 

The following is a breakdown of the awards:

• City of Pooler in Chatham County $50,000 for enhancements along US 80

• City of Byron in Peach County $43,953.29 for enhancements along I-75

• Eisenhower Business Improvement District (EBID) in Bibb County $30,855 for enhancements along US 80/Eisenhower Pkwy.

• City of Newnan in Coweta County $50,000 for enhancements along Ga. Hwy 34 (Bullsboro Drive)

• Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District in Dekalb County $50,000 for enhancements along Lawrenceville Hwy.

• West End Community Improvement District in Fulton County $50,000 for enhancements along I-20

• City of Roswell in Fulton County $20,176 for enhancements along Atlanta Street

• City of Sugar Hill in Gwinnett County $11,645 for enhancements along GA Hwy 20

• City of Buford in Gwinnett County $50,000 for enhancements along I-985/US23

• City of Cumming in Forsyth County $50,000 for enhancements along Canton Hwy (GA Hwy 20)

• City of Hull in Madison County $46,803 for enhancements along Hull-Colbert Road

• City of Monroe in Walton County $31,465 for enhancements along Charlotte Rowell Blvd.

• City of Wadley in Jefferson County $21,945 for enhancements along US 1

• City of Sandersville in Washington County $41,201 for enhancements along SR 15 and 540 intersection

• City of Marietta in Cobb County $36,426.25 for enhancements along South Marietta Pkwy

• Town Center Community Improvement District in Cobb County $50,000 for enhancements along Interstate 75 off ramp and Chastain Road

• City of Augusta in Richmond County$32,801 for enhancements along 13th Street

• City of Douglas in Coffee County $2,445 for enhancements along Peterson Ave.

• City of Union City in Fulton County $26,013 for enhancements along Roosevelt Hwy

• ouglas County $50,000 for enhancements along I-20

• City of Eton in Murray County $38,235

“The REBC Grant Program is a great opportunity for local organizations and governments to show pride in their communities by beautifying the right-of-way along state routes,” said Georgia DOT Landscape Architect Manager Felicity Davis. “We are excited to partner with these 22 organizations to enhance their local communities.”

The mission of the REBC Grant program is to provide funding for enhancement and beautification projects along Georgia’s roadsides. 

Since 2008, the Georgia DOT has awarded 164 grants totaling more than $5 million dollars to governments and community improvement districts around the state. The grant program uses revenue from contributory value fees paid by outdoor advertising companies to the Georgia DOT for vegetation removal in front of outdoor advertising signs. Funds from the grants are allocated towards purchasing and installing plant material along state routes throughout the state. 

Any local government, community improvement district, or state agency may apply for grants (maximum $50,000) for landscape enhancement of the state right-of-way that involves the local community and displays the right-of-way in an attractive manner promoting further pride in Georgia. 

Awarded grant funds may be used for landscape plant material, sod, topsoil, mulch and labor costs associated with the approved items. GDOT requires a long-term maintenance commitment for any landscape installed under the REBC Grant program. 

The REBC requires the use of Georgia Grown materials for projects. 

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