Trans­porta­tion projects gain mo­men­tum

BOC ap­proved con­tracts for county trans­porta­tion projects

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The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers awarded con­tracts for trans­porta­tion projects at last Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Projects in­clude the Al­covy Road and SR 142 in­ter­sec­tion, Al­covy Tres­tle Road con­struc­tion and im­prove­ments to two dam­aged roads in Ox­ford.

Air­port Road at SR 142 In­ter­sec­tion Up­grade

“We’re go­ing to add turn lanes on 142 as safety im­prove­ments both east­bound and west­bound, and also a

mi­nor re­align­ment of Air­port Road both north and south of 142,” said As­sis­tant County Man­ager Tom Gar­rett of the in­ter­sec­tion up­grade.

The BOC awarded a con­tract of $579,249.45 to ful­fill this project.

Gar­rett said the turn lanes on 142 will add a safety fea­ture for driv­ers, as trav­el­ers turn­ing left onto Air­port Road will be get­ting out of the flow of traf­fic. The same goes for the right turn lane, al­low­ing driv­ers to make a safer turn.

Cur­rently, the in­ter­sec­tion of Air­port Road and SR 142 is mis­aligned. The project will also pro­vide a sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the two roads that’s safer and meets GDOT’s re­quire­ments, said Gar­rett.

As it stands, the roads have about an 85-foot sep­a­ra­tion. The align­ment will sep­a­rate the roads by about 350 feet, re­solv­ing left turn con­flicts.

The project is funded by 2011 SPLOST rev­enues.

Al­covy Tres­tle Rd at SR 111 con­struc­tion

The BOC awarded a bid to ER Snell Con­trac­tor, Inc. for $833,103.33 to pave Al­covy Road at SR 111.

As they com­pleted the Air­port Road plans, said Gar­rett, they worked with GDOT to get pave­ment on SR 142 thick­ened. At that point they had al­ready bid out Al­covy Tres­tle Road, but GDOT rec­om­mended a thin­ner pave­ment on SR 142.

“As a cost-sav­ing mea­sure, we asked GDOT to use sim­i­lar pave­ment on Al­covy as on the Air­port Road at 142 project,” Gar­rett said.

The as­phalt thick­ness went down two inches — from 11.5 to 9.5 inch- es. Gar­rett ex­plained that this is still a pretty sub­stan­tial pave­ment sec­tion. GDOT ad­vised that if the pave­ment was too thick it could cre­ate a prob­lem of sur­face wa­ter get­ting trapped un­der the road­way.

Gar­rett said this pave­ment can save hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in the long run.

New­ton County and City of Ox­ford road im­prove­ments

The BOC ap­proved funds to as­sist the City of Ox­ford in im­prov­ing Moore and West Soule streets.

Gar­rett said the fund­ing is avail­able and the project was ap­proved months ago. They will be pro­vid­ing Ox­ford with all the equip­ment and trucks to re­solve the dam­age on both streets.

“We’ve done this for Por­terdale and Cov­ing­ton,” Gar­rett said. “We’ve had that re­la­tion­ship with the cities and I think that works out well.”

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