The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners recently approved a list of 12 roads in need of resurfacing to the Georgia Department of Transportation under the agency’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program.
At its most recent meeting, the board approved these 12 roads, just over 18 miles in total, to be resurfaced in 2020. According to the county, the project will be bid out in the spring, with work to begin in the late spring or early summer. To help cover the cost of these repairs, the county has received an LMIG grant from GDOT in the amount of almost $2.5 million which requires a match from the county of 30%, totaling $749,906, for a total of $3.2 million.
The roads approved for improvement in 2020 are:
♦ Arnold Mill Road from Barnes Road to the city limits of Woodstock.
♦ Barnes Road from Arnold Mill Road to the Woodstock city limits.
♦ Birmingham Road between Ga. Highway 372 and Holbrook Campground Road.
♦ Lower Birmingham Road from Batesville Road to the Fulton County line.
♦ Moss Rose Trail from White Road to its cul-de-sac.
♦ Old Orange Mill Road between Smithwick Creek and Owens Store Road.
♦ Percheron Drive from Ga. Highway 108 to its cul-de-sac.
♦ Plowline Ridge from Percheron Drive to the cul-de-sac.
♦ Ridge Road between the Canton city limits and Bells Ferry Road.
♦ Sardis Road between Lower Burris Road and Sardis Circle.
♦ Singletree Trace from Plowline Ridge to the cul-de-sac.
♦ Upper Burris Road between Georgia Highway 108 and Land Road.
County Manager Jerry Cooper said that the project will begin with any necessary repairs needed to the roads, such as mending potholes, fixing shoulders and making any serious repairs to the base of the road before the main phase of repaving the roads begins.
Although the county may lose its Qualified Local Government status from the state soon because of its failure to reach a new ongoing service delivery strategy with local cities, Cooper said the county will still receive this grant money to help pay for the project, but the money would be held by the state until the county has the status again. Despite this issue, Cooper said the project will still be able to move forward, whether or not the state funds have been delivered.
“The county has sufficient funds to proceed with roadway paving so there will be no impact on our project schedule,” he said.