Sev­eral road con­struc­tion projects com­ing

The Covington News - - Local News - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

New­ton County res­i­dents will see more con­struc­tion on roads around the county by the end of this year af­ter the board of com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved four road projects on Tues­day.

County En­gi­neer Tom Gar­rett asked com­mis­sion­ers for per­mis­sion to seek bids on four road projects at New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing.

Gar­rett asked com­mis­sion­ers for per­mis­sion to seek bids on a resur­fac­ing project on Kirk­land Road. The project will in­clude patch­ing, seal­ing, lev­el­ing and over­lay­ing 2.3 to 2.4 miles of road from Jack Neely Road to Salem Road. The es­ti­mated cost of the project is $530,000 and will be funded with funds from the 2011 SPLOST. Gar­rett said they plan for con­struc­tion to be­gin in Novem­ber and last sev­eral weeks if weather per­mits.

An­other road project com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved from the 2011 SPLOST list was con­struc­tion engi­neer­ing and in­spec­tion for re­pairs at Mt. Ta­bor Road Bridge.

Ac­cord­ing to a pro­posal from More­land Al­to­belli As­so­ci­ates, the com­pany will pre­pare bid doc­u­ments and per­form bid­ding/let­ting ser­vices, con­struc­tion man­age­ment ser­vices, in­spec­tion and ma­te­ri­als test­ing ser­vices. The cost of their ser­vices will not ex­ceed $59,704.

Com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion right-of-way cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for bridge re­place­ment over Yel­low River on Mt. Ta­bor Road. Gar­rett said the bridge was dam­aged dur­ing a flood in 2009. He said GDOT has $105,000 avail­able in state aid to help with the con­struc­tion of the project, but in or­der to re­ceive the funds the county had to cer­tify they we’re go­ing to spend it on the right-of-way.

Con­struc­tion on the Mt. Ta­bor Road Bridge project is expected to be­gin in De­cem­ber and last un­til July or Au­gust of 2013.

The board also ap­proved More­land Al­to­belli to con­duct con­struc­tion engi­neer­ing and in­spec­tion at Crow­ell Road and gave Gar­rett per­mis­sion to seek bids for con­struc­tion at Crow­ell Road not to ex­ceed $97,366. Gar­rett said the cost of the project will paid by im­pact fees. Con­struc­tion on that project is also expected to be­gin in De­cem­ber and will last un­til Au­gust 2013.

In ad­di­tion to roads projects, the board ap­proved two util­ity re­lo­ca­tion agree­ments from Snap­ping Shoals EMC and Cen­tral Ge­or­gia EMC and per­mis­sion to seek bids for con­struc­tion at Gaither’s Road. Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ments, the county will re­im­burse Snap­ping Shoals EMC $80,356.25 and Cen­tral Ge­or­gia EMC $15,522 for a to­tal of $95,878.25. The funds will come out of the 2005 SPLOST bud­get.

Con­struc­tion is also expected to be­gin in De­cem­ber on Gaither’s Road. The project is expected to be com­plete be­tween Au­gust 2013 and De­cem­ber 2013.

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