2 Fort Oglethorpe roads could be resur­faced

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES - BY MYRON MAD­DEN STAFF WRITER Con­tact staff writer Myron Mad­den at mmad­[email protected] times­freep­ress.com.

Two Fort Oglethorpe, Ge­or­gia, roads could get a facelift if their resur­fac­ing projects re­ceive fed­eral fund­ing in 2020.

City of­fi­cials re­cently sub­mit­ted resur­fac­ing projects for Thomas Road and Fant Drive to the Chat­tanooga Metropoli­tan Plan­ning Or­ga­ni­za­tion for fund­ing con­sid­er­a­tion.

If funds are avail­able for the 2020 cy­cle, the re­pair work would be com­pleted as part of the Trans­porta­tion Im­prove­ment Pro­gram through the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. The pro­gram helps main­tain in­fra­struc­ture within ur­ban­ized ar­eas.

The 0.25-mile sec­tion of Thomas Road slated for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion has not been paved in more than 25 years, said Jeff Long, di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Works.

“[It] has sev­eral bad places in it and is past due to be resur­faced,” Long said of the sec­tion in­cluded in the project area, which runs from Lafayette Road to Gross Cres­cent.

Fant Drive, on the other hand, has had re­cent re­pairs, but be­ing a pop­u­lar road is in need of more, of­fi­cials said. The project cov­ers the en­tire 0.5-mile road.

A por­tion of the road­way, which Long said sees about 8,000 ve­hi­cles each day, was resur­faced with binder as­phalt just last year to pre­vent wa­ter from seep­ing into the cracks in its sur­face, which were caus­ing road fail­ures, he said.

Still, Long added, there is more work to be done.

If fund­ing is ap­proved, im­prove­ments for both roads would in­clude lev­el­ing, ex­pand­ing the shoul­ders, re­pair­ing pot­holes and other pave­ment dis­in­te­gra­tion, and mark­ing lanes on the road with ther­mo­plas­tic strip­ing ma­te­rial, in ad­di­tion to other sur­face treat­ment work.

The to­tal cost for both projects is $337,600, City Man­ager Jen­nifer Payne-Simp­kins said.

If the fund­ing is awarded, the city of Fort Oglethorpe would be re­quired to pro­vide a 20 per­cent match, which comes to $67,500.

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