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Board doubles paving funds
by Bill Baldowski
March 19, 2014 11:42 AM | 1124 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Douglas County Transportation Director Randy Hulsey shows a map with one of the roads scheduled to be resurfaced as part of the county’s combined 2014-2015 repaving schedule.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Douglas County Transportation Director Randy Hulsey shows a map with one of the roads scheduled to be resurfaced as part of the county’s combined 2014-2015 repaving schedule.
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The Douglas County Commission has approved funding two years’ worth of county road paving projects at one time, which could begin repaving of some roads earlier than expected.

The local funding, totaling $1 million, will allow the county and Georgia Department of Transportation to complete the county’s resurfacing projects for 2014 and 2015.

Douglas County Transportation Director Randy Hulsey said the action puts the county in a position to double the miles it would resurface this year from approximately 15 to 31.6.

“With this additional funding, we should also be in a better position to receive additional Georgia Department of Transportation funds through grants,” he said.

Douglas County is planning 79 resurfacing projects, ranging from 0.11 miles of Lois Lane to 3.09 miles of Yeager Road.

However, he said, the county is under no obligation to use all the GDOT funds it receives in a specific year for projects scheduled that year alone.

The county is set to receive a GDOT supplement of $828,848 for 2014, Hulsey said.

In addition, he said, Douglas County is in line to receive $893,939 from GDOT for its 2015 projects.

District 4 County Commissioner Ann Jones Guider said she was excited that this and next year’s resurfacing projects were being lumped together.

“It will help Douglas County catch up on our resurfacing projects,” she said.

District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell III said he also was pleased with the commission’s decision to allocate the additional funding, calling it, “the best move we could have made.”

“Based on the condition of some of our roads, they haven’t been repaved or some even restriped in three decades,” he said.

“The county has got to get out of this cycle of having our roads repaved every 30 years and look at doing it in a 15-year cycle,” Mitchell said.

With its priority of being good stewards of taxpayer money, Mitchell said the commission is looking to do as much of the repaving work as possible in-house as opposed to taking bids from private contractors to do the work.

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