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Written by Matt Davis on August 16, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden spoke at the regular meeting of the Rome Exchange Club on Friday.  A number of local dignitaries were on hand for his speech, including former DOT Commissioner David Doss, State Representative Katie Dempsey, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce President Al Hodge and officials from the Rome and Floyd County Commissions.

Golden enthused that the Georgia Department of Transportation is among the best DOTs in the country, having ranked consistently in the top 5-10 over the last few years.

Like many other organizations, however, the GDOT has had to downsize in recent years, particularly in the area of human resources, according to Golden.  He says that where the organization has gone from having some 9,000 employees in the 1970s to about 4,100 today.

Golden adds that the DOT has been working very hard in recent days to gain the public’s trust, something it has somewhat lost due to things such as the ill-fated T-SPLOST that was voted down by voters last summer.

Golden also gave an update on the 411 bypass, a project that has been a hot topic of discussion in this region for years.  Golden believes that it is a project that will eventually happen.

Golden was appointed DOT Commissioner by the state Board of Transportation on May 1, 2012.  Prior to that, he served as interim commissioner, a position he took in September 2011.

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