State asks city to main­tain more roads

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­

The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion has sent the city of Cov­ing­ton an agree­ment to al­low lo­cal work­ers to main­tain the State Road 142 me­dian, as well as the land­scap­ing at In­ter­state 20’s ex­its 90, 92 and 93. But should the city sign on? Maybe, was Mon­day’s City Coun­cil con­sen­sus.

“I think it might be pretty ex­pen­sive,” deputy city man­ager Billy Bouch­illon said. “I just want (the project, bids and all) to come back to the coun­cil be­fore you ap­prove it.”

The city is al­ready main­tain­ing parts of U.S. 278 and S.R. 142. Bouch­illon rec­om­mended the city re­quest, re­ceive and ap­prove bids for main­tain­ing the new sec­tions and in­ter­changes to see if the idea is fis­cally fea­si­ble be­fore sign­ing the agree­ment with the DOT. The coun­cil unan­i­mously agreed. Coun­cil­woman Hawnethia Wil­liams said the city should care­fully weigh the ex­pense against the abil­ity to ac­tu­ally reg­u­larly main­tain and beau­tify the all-im­por­tant high­way and I-20 ex­its.

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