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Henry County Awarded $1.4 Million from GDOT to Improve Local Roads

Henry County Awarded $1.4 Million from GDOT  to Improve Local Roads
Front row from left to right: Commissioner Brian Preston, Commissioner Gary Barham, Commissioner Bruce Holmes, State Transportation Board District 10 Representative Jamie Boxwell, Commissioner Bo Moss, State Transportation Board District 13 Representative Dana Lemon, Commissioner Reid Bowman, and Commission Chairman Tommy Smith. Back Row: Todd Long, GDOT Deputy Commissioner, Terry Bagle LMIG Administrator and Thomas Howell, GDOT District 3 Engineer.

The Georgia Department of Transportation presented a check in the amount of $1,403,536.48 to the Henry County Board of Commissioners at a special called meeting on May 9, 2013.  The check is an award of Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant funds, which are given to Georgia counties based on a complex formula involving the County’s road miles and population relative to the State’s totals.

The funds will be used to complete 19 road resurfacing projects totaling about 8 miles located throughout the county, chief among them South Bethany Road from Old Jackson Road to SR 81, Luella Road from SR 155 to end of pavement, McCullough Road from Jonesboro Road to Flippen Road, and Old Conyers Road from SR 138 to Flat Shoals Church Road.  The total cost of these resurfacing projects is $1,877,761, which includes the County’s required 30 percent grant match.  As the match is funded out of the FY2014 budget, Henry County DOT will not begin work on these projects until July 2013, the start of the new fiscal year.

According to their website, GDOT remains committed to helping local governments achieve much-needed improvements to their roads, but they have revised the program this year to allow “local governments greater flexibility and quicker project delivery while allowing (GDOT) to effectively administer the program with a reduced workforce.”

“Where we once had to pay for the project ourselves, submit paperwork for each phase of the project along the way, and await final inspection from GDOT before the funds would be reimbursed, we now get the money up front and only have to submit a final certification that the project was completed,” explained Henry County Public Works Division Director Terry McMickle.  “It’s more efficient for both the County and GDOT.”

For more information about the LMIG program, please visit http://www.dot.ga.gov/localgovernment/fundingprograms/lmig/Pages/default.aspx

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