Chero­kee Road paving be­gins this week

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

The work on Chero­kee Road s hould be well un­der­way, weather per­mit­ting, and the project to widen and resur­face the stretch from High­way 27 North through to Cave Spring Road will be on­go­ing for the next few weeks.

County Man­ager Matt Den­ton said t he work was slated to start on Mon­day, and will con­tinue on through the next two t o t hree weeks be­fore con­trac­tors C.W. Matthews fin­ish up.

“They’l l be r o l l i ng de­lays on the road dur­ing con­struc­tion,” Den­ton said.

He added that signs have been posted at both ends of the road warn­ing those who usu­ally use it as a pass through from one part of the Cedar­town area to an­other that de­lays are to be ex­pected.

County of­fi­cials sent out let­ters to lo­cal res­i­dents an­nounc­ing they would be start­ing the project that was put out for bid ear­lier this spring af­ter it was an­nounced that Polk was get­ting additional money for road work from the state for 2018.

Ad­di­tion­ally since the road­way will be widened, some of the mail­boxes along the road­way will need to be re­lo­cated, but C. W. Matthews will be re­spon­si­ble for co­or­di­nat­ing the work.

Den­ton said that any additional s t r uc­tures along­side the road will be moved back as well.

The project will be com­pleted us­ing both funds from the county and state Lo­cal Main­te­nance and Im­prove­ment Grant money given on top of what the county usu­ally re­ceives from the state on an an­nual ba­sis.

C.W. Matthews won the low bid on the project at a cost of $ 865,325.

“The f unds f or t his crit­i­cal project were se­cured by (State) Rep. Trey Kel­ley work­ing with the Polk County Com­mis­sion­ers to ob­tain an additional grant for Polk County for road im­prove­ments.”

All the old as­phalt from the project will get a chance to be re­cy­cled.

“We’re keep­ing t he ma­te­rial from the road­way,” Den­ton said.

He added that Pub­lic Works can use it in a va­ri­ety of ways for their own road projects around the county.

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