The state transportation department will be holding 21 regional meetings in the next few days to review a long list of proposed projects and programs to be financed by the sales tax increase. But the list of 811 projects scattered through seven regions will be nothing more than paper if the tax is not approved in the August election.
Chief engineer Ed Hassinger says failure would wipe out eighteen months of work tailoring lists to areas. Most of the projects focus on roads and bridges. But they also include public transportation, airports, riverports, hiking and biking facilities, and some projects include such things as sidewalks and bus stops.
The final version of the list will be compiled after the last of the public meetings a week from today.