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GDOT gives counties, cities money for roads
by Noreen Cochran
May 16, 2013 10:12 AM | 2072 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Henry County and the cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge last week received more than $2 million from the Georgia Department of Transportation through a local roads grant.

Under the $110 million annual Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant, unincorporated Henry received about $1.4 million, Hampton about $52,000, Locust Grove $57,000, McDonough $355,000 and Stockbridge $54,000.

In neighboring counties, Fulton and its cities received about $6.5 million, and Clayton and its cities received about $1.6 million.

“We know it’s not a lot, but we do recognize every little bit helps when it comes to projects on the local level,” District 13 state transportation board member Dana Lemon said at a check presentation ceremony Thursday at the county administration building in McDonough.

The county will use its funds to pave eight miles of streets like South Bethany, McCullough, Old Conyers and River roads.

McCullough Road alone is expected to cost $364,000 for a 1.4-mile stretch between Flippen and Jonesboro roads, using a pavement reconstruction process called full-depth reclamation.

According to GDOT, repaving work will begin in July on 19 roads, of which 13 are full-depth reclamation, and take a year to complete.

“We have two other projects in Henry County,” said Todd Long, GDOT deputy commissioner. “One is $600,000 for state route 20 and Phillips Drive, which is going to be under construction in the next two weeks. The other site is at state route 155 at the center for Home Depot for $300,000.”

The project at Ga. 20 in McDonough, also known as Hampton Street, will add a traffic signal and improve the intersection near the county police department.

The Ga. 155 project is part of an economic development agreement to put a traffic signal at the intersection nearest the upcoming Home Depot Distribution Center, previously code-named Project Gemini.

“I know those aren’t your ultimate goals, but they are improvements that will help people keep moving,” Long said. “You need to do tangible projects that people can put their heads around.”

During a post-ceremony discussion of long-range plans, county Chairman Tommy N. Smith said if I-75 congestion is not improved, “nothing else will matter,” but called proposed $150 million reversible express toll lanes “an expensive Band-Aid.”

County DOT Director Terry McMickle called for the widening of Ga. 81 to four lanes between Lemon Street and South Bethany Road, a $27 million project on the list last year for the failed regional 1-cent tax.

“We get over 15,000 cars a day,” he said.

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