Woodstock has been selected for a competitive program that includes a grant and other resources to use technology to improve the city’s infrastructure.

Georgia Tech’s Georgia Smart Communities Challenge provided four cities with grants based on their proposals, including Woodstock’s Smart Master Plan and Corridor Study, which is designed to improve mobility, addressing growth and uneven traffic patterns. The other three cities selected are Columbus, Macon and Milton.

During the project period, from September 2019 to September 2020, the city will develop a master plan and a corridor study to improve mobility.

The city’s proposal suggests a three-year timeline, with the first year covering the project period, including community engagement, research and data collection and developing the master plan and corridor study. The second year, the city would start pilot projects and conduct bids and purchasing, and the final year would see implementation of the plans.

The grant is $50,000 through Georgia Power, half of which goes to the city, and the city will match the $25,000 with a combination of cash and in-kind services. The other $25,000 goes to the Georgia Tech research team working with Woodstock on the project.

Ramachandra Sivakumar of the Georgia Tech College of Design and Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization will consult. Collaborators include the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority and Black Airplane design and development agency.

“We will continue to work on expanding our road network and making grid street connections in our Downtown. Using this Georgia Smart Community Challenge Grant to also add technological improvements to our traffic management system will be an important part of our future,” Mayor Donnie Henriques said in a statement.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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