Ga. 100 resur­fac­ing nearly com­plete

♦ An up­date on ma­jor North­west Ge­or­gia road projects.

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - Staff re­ports

Jerry Shearin, the North­west Ge­or­gia dis­trict’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the State Trans­porta­tion Board, pro­vided an up­date on projects around the re­gion — in­clud­ing im­prove­ments to Ga. 100 be­tween Cave Spring and Cedar­town.

“Con­struc­tion on this $2.5 mil­lion project is ap­prox­i­mately 86 per­cent com­plete and ex­pected to be done by the end of Jan­uary,” Shearin said in a news­let­ter this week.

Crews are resur­fac­ing just over 10 miles of the road, be­tween U.S. 411 and U.S. 278. The project in­cludes re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the shoul­ders where they’ve eroded. E.R. Snell Con­trac­tor Inc. won the bid in April 2018.

Stretches in Polk County be­tween U.S. 278 in Cedar­town head­ing to­ward the Alabama state line, and ex­tend­ing onto Prior Sta­tion Road and then off to­ward Cave Spring on Moun­tain Home Road, saw some fin­ish­ing touches be­fore rain­fall last week of the last bit of shoul­der work and re­plant­ing of grass seed last Tues­day.

Shearin said the road net­ted a pave­ment con­di­tion rat­ing of 76 and, nor­mally, roads aren’t rec­om­mended for work un­til the score is 70 or be­low.

“In this case, the Dis­trict Main­te­nance Of­fice saw an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress a need be­fore it be­came a prob­lem,” he said.

In not far off Chat­tooga County, Tid­well Con­struc­tion Co. just got the go-ahead to start on a new $4.3 mil­lion bridge on Tali­a­ferro Springs Road over the Chat­tooga River. Shearin said the road sees lit­tle traf­fic but the ex­ist­ing bridge has a weight limit of just 14 tons, be­low Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion stan­dards.

The new bridge will be 28 feet wide, with two 11-foot travel lanes and three-foot shoul­ders on both sides. The con­tract calls for the work to be done by the end of the year.

An­other ma­jor project, on In­ter­state 75 in Gor­don and Whit­field coun­ties, is slated to wrap up by the end of June.

Work started in July 2018 on the $37.6 mil­lion repaving and re­strip­ing project cov­er­ing nearly 20 miles be­tween Red­bud Road in Cal­houn and North Tibbs Road in Dal­ton. C.W. Matthews Inc. has the con­tract.

Next up is a $1 mil­lion resur­fac­ing project on Ga. 53 in Gor­don County, slated to get un­der­way as weather al­lows.

Shearin said North­west Ge­or­gia Paving Inc. will re­move the top por­tion of asphalt to elim­i­nate cracks, ruts and im­per­fec­tions be­fore adding a new layer. Rum­ble strips and a high-fric­tion sur­face treat­ment also are part of the work.

The 1.5-mile projects starts in Gor­don and ex­tends into Pick­ens County and is ex­pected to be done by the end of the sum­mer.

Shearin said GDOT put $1.48 bil­lion into North­west Ge­or­gia trans­porta­tion ini­tia­tives last year — to in­clude land­scap­ing, drainage, fenc­ing and sound­walls, side­walks and road­way preser­va­tion.

“These projects will en­able our cor­ner of the state to thrive eco­nom­i­cally while en­hanc­ing your safety as a driver and a pedes­trian,” he said.

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