County set to wrap up paving projects by end of summer
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
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.