need of serious improvements for some time and have been issues of concern for the BOC for four years now.
The signalization of the intersection of Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road however will not be receiving funding from GDOT.
“The funding for that intersection is no longer there,” said County Chairman Aaron Varner at Tuesday’s BOC meeting, adding that a move by GDOT to change their environmental permitting procedures from federally approved ones to state approved ones cost the department some federal funding, which would have been used for the Crowell Road intersection.
GDOT was supposed to pay the full costs of the project, which would have added a traffic signal and turn lanes to the busy intersection.
Varner told the BOC that the project was too important to the county to wait for state funding. He asked for and received board approval to move forward with the project without the state. All funding for the project is to be approved by the board.
Construction on the project is expected to cost $1 million and the acquisition of necessary right of way is expected to cost $375,000.
Walter said many of the county’s thoroughfares are getting close to capacity and will soon need to be widened in order to keep pace with driver use.
“We’ve kept up with things in the last five years, just barely,” said Walter of maintenance of the county’s road infrastructure. “But if we don’t start now on several projects, to be completed in five to 10 years, driving conditions are going to be a lot worse because of rising populations.”