Thursday, June 21, 2012

Georgia DOT: 11 local roads in Floyd County get makeovers

(Media Release) The Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Transportation Board are paving the way for local road improvements in Floyd County. Georgia DOT recently approved the preparation of a county contract covering the resurfacing of close to 12 miles of roadway on four county roads.


"I am proud that through our working relationship with local and state officials that we can help another Georgia community meet its transportation needs," Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden said.  "The resurfacing of these local roads will certainly enhance the mobility of Floyd County's residents."


While contract preparation has begun, construction cannot begin until the contract has been signed and a work order issued.


The project includes the resurfacing of Deason Road, from State Route (SR) 156 to the end of its paved portion; Donahoo Road, from Wax Road to Reeceburg Road; Everett Springs Road, from SR 156 to West Union Road; Gentry Road, from Morrison Campground Road to McClain Road; Glen View Drive, from SR 1 to Old Dalton Road; Lynn Drive, from SR 1 to Dean End; Mark Street, from SR 1 to Old Dalton Road; Minshew Road, from Burlington Road to Gains Road; Ramblewood Drive, from Ridgeview Drive to Timberwood Drive; Timberwood Drive, from Montre Circle to Ridgeview Drive; and Violet Street between SR 1 and Burr Drive  


 "All these local road improvements in Floyd County add up to two things – better mobility and better quality of life for all its citizens," said State Transportation Board Member Jeff Lewis.  Lewis who represents Georgia's Eleventh Congressional District, including Floyd County, has been instrumental in gaining approval for this project.


Funding for this project comes from the Georgia DOT's Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) Program, which allows local governments to decide the types of project that are most beneficial to their local jurisdiction. Every year, Georgia DOT notifies local governments to submit requests for their local transportation needs. Funding for LMIG is allocated each fiscal year and is between 10 and 20 percent of the funding from the state motor fuel taxes collected in the preceding fiscal year. Funds for projects are distributed to local governments by a formula based on population and local road mileage. Funds can be rolled over for three fiscal years to assist with funding more expensive projects.

LMIG funds can only be used on improvements for roads and bridges within county, city or state rights-of-way. Eligible projects include—but are not limited to—safety, economic development, sidewalk, maintenance and bridge.




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