Cherokee Road paving begins this week
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.