NEWTON COUNTY ROADS GDOT road projects in county moving forward
Several much anticipated road improvement projects are moving forward and with Georgia Department of Transportation funding after the county had given up hope of receiving state assistance while GDOT works out its financial troubles.
In the wake of continued budget issues which have left the transportation department with a $190 million budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2009, Newton County had not anticipated much financial assistance from the state on local projects in the near future.
The Board of Commissioners decided to move forward with several projects anyway with the hopes that their proactiveness would be looked upon favorably by GDOT.
And it appears it has. GDOT is pro- viding funding for two local projects.
“We said to the state, ‘we’ll do it.’ After we designed [the Smith Store intersection improvements] they agreed to pay for it,” said County Engineer Kevin Walter.
A contractor, E.R. Snell, has been selected to handle the signalization and addition of turn lanes to the intersection of Smith Store Road and Salem Road. The cost of the project, $700,000, is being picked up by GDOT. Walter said he expected construction to get under- way this fall.
A second project to relocate one of the two intersections at Brown Bridge Road and Ga. Highway 212 northward is also going out to bid. That project has an estimated cost of $1 million and GDOT has said it will pick up $500,000 of the cost.
“It’s very fortunate that they are agreeing to pay for these projects during these hard times,” Walter said, adding that both intersections have been in