County set to wrap up paving projects by end of sum­mer

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Editor

Polk County has wrapped up most of its paving projects for 2015 with the ex­cep­tion of one road where they are wait­ing for a pulp log­ging pro­ject to wrap up.

County man­ager Matt Denton in­formed the in­ter gov­ern­men­tal meet­ing that the county will have ex­cess paving ca­pac­ity for cities and even Polk School Dis­trict to uti­lize in the com­ing weeks as they wait to pave a stretch of Old Dal­las Road in East Polk County.

Denton told Polk County lead­ers that so long as money can be found in ei­ther the cities’ or the school board bud­gets for paving projects, crews will be avail­able to com­plete

them.

Cedartown city man­ager Bill Fann and com­mis­sion chair Dale Tuck told Denton they would be able to make funds avail­able for ma­te­ri­als to com­plete road­way work on Cherokee Road since county work­ers are cur­rently free from other paving work.

The pro­ject will re­quire the re­moval of the cur­rent con­crete road sur­face at the in­ter­sec­tion of Cherokee Road and High­way 27 North and would be re­placed by all new as­phalt, Denton said. It would re­quire the crews to work on one lane at a time, and said once work be­gins res­i­dents should ex­pect some mi­nor de­lays.

Tuck said the work be­tween the city and county will be ben­e­fi­cial in the long term.

“That’s re­ally go­ing to be a big im­prove­ment for that in­ter­sec­tion,” Tuck said.

The area that would get a bulk of the work would be Cherokee Road at High­way 27, an area uti­lized daily by pa­tients of the Harbin Clinic build­ing on the cor­ner and res­i­dents of Hum­ming­bird Point, the apart­ment com­plex just be­hind the med­i­cal of­fices.

Work on the in­ter­sec­tion would not likely kick off un­til later in the sum­mer, Denton said.

He said the city has also re­quested some work on a cou­ple of blocks of road­way with- in city lim­its, and that he was work­ing with Fann to find a road crew from the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion to help com­plete milling work on the East Av­enue paving pro­ject be­fore it can be com­pleted.

Polk School Dis­trict’s Katie Thomas, who rep­re­sented the school sys­tem with Su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­liam Hunter, said she would in­form the board of the of­fer to uti­lize county paving crews.

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