In 2005, it was estimated that the US 19/41/Tara Boulevard corridor experienced more than $9 million annual congestion cost. The corridor is currently served by local and commuter transit services, and the Mobility 2030 RTP includes plans for Bus Rapid Transit. Access to a high quality, reliable, safe and easily accessible transit system will be a primary element in alternatives considered. Significant pedestrian and bicycle improvements are also needed in the corridors to provide connections to regional and town centers and transit station areas.
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The focus of the corridor study is Tara Boulevard, also known as US 19/41 and SR 3. The study corridor extends 22.5 miles from SR 16 in Griffin (Spalding County) to I-75 in Clayton County. The study area boundary extends from the roadway centerline to one-quarter mile on both sides of the roadway, as shown in the map. It is important to note that the common designation for the corridor is US 19/41. The roadway is designated “Tara Boulevard” in Clayton County. The roadway is also named the "Herman Talmadge Highway." The limits of the study area link Spalding, Henry and Clayton counties as well as the Cities of Griffin, Hampton, Lovejoy and Jonesboro.