School zones OK’D for roads by new New­ton High

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­

Driv­ers on Crow­ell and Jack Neely roads will need to watch their speed dur­ing the school year as the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers voted Tues­day to make por­tion of those roads an of­fi­cial school zone.

The por­tions of the roads near the new New­ton High School, which is open­ing for the fall se­mes­ter, will be des­ig­nated school zones, which will drop their speed lim­its from 45 mph to 35 mph in those ar­eas, county en­gi­neer Tom Gar­rett said.

The Board of Com­mis­sion­ers hon­ored the re­quest from the New­ton County Board of Ed­uca- tion. Cur­rent stop signs will be al­tered to also show the re­duced school hours speed lim­its and have flash­ing bea­cons.

More paving projects

In other road news, bids for the county’s sum­mer paving road work came in un­der bid al­low­ing the county to pave three ad­di­tional roads: Mote Cir­cle and Cowan and But­ler Bridge roads.

Each pro­ject costs the county 30 per­cent of the cost, with the state pay­ing the ad­di­tional 70 per­cent. By adding the three roads, Gar­rett said the county would be fully us­ing the money the state gave to New­ton County. County money is com­ing from

2011 SPLOST.

The cost of the three added roads is $54,627, bring­ing the to­tal cost of nine road projects up to $1.1 mil­lion. The state will pay $846,495 through the Lo­cal Main­te­nance and Im­prove­ment Grant pro­gram, while the county will pay the re­main­ing $253,955.

Mote Cir­cle es­sen­tially will be re­made, as the en­tire road will be re­claimed and a new road will be put back down. Mote Cir­cle is lo­cated off of Mote Road, which runs be­tween Ga. High­way 162 and Lower River Road. The 0.14 miles of work will cost $18,856.

Cowan Road will be patched from Oak Hill Road to Ga. High­way 81 for a cost of $18,253.

But­ler Bridge Road will also be patched from Ga. High­way 212 to where the paved por­tion of the road ends — 1.63 miles — for a cost of $17,517.

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