Gilmer County is currently undertaking a large re-striping project both on their own and with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in addition to this summers LMIG.
Originally, Gilmer applied every year for its Local Maintenance and Imporvements Grant (LMIG) for paving. The $629,234.66 grant, along with the counnty’s $270,025 match, will pave Burnt Mountain Road (6.5 miles), Mountaintown Road (4.65 miles), and Sunlight Road (3.1 miles). This grant will also cover fresh new striping and new signs on all three roads.
In addition to that original project, Gilmer also applied for an “Off-System Safety Program Grant” of $250,000 to add nine more roads as a separate project for striping and small additions such as guard rails and signage according to Commission Chairman Charlie Paris. Those roads include Boardtown Road, Big Creek Road, Double Head Gap Road, Turniptown Road, Knight Road, Tails Creek Church Road, and Progress Road with Clear Creek Road and Yukon Road to also be done after the Atlanta Gas Light construction on those two roads is completed.
This project will be fully managed by GDOT through it’s own contracts. However, citizens may not see the work being done on these roads as the striping work is being conducted at night. According to Paris, the night work for this striping is set to help avoid any traffic congestion for citizens as they go about their regular days for work and around town.
Finally, a third application for up to $100,000 has been made by Gilmer that was not included in either project. The project was put forth to Gilmer’s Road Department by Chairman Paris.
According to Public Works Director Jim Smith, this “Supplemental LMIG” currently includes Homer Wright Road and Whitepath Road and is being undertaken by the County itself. Now, while Smith assured citizens in a recent meeting that these two roads will see completion by April 26th, he also told FYN that further projects could be added to the grant later. This project, like the original LMIG, requires a 30% match from the County that Paris stated would be covered in the Road Department’s budget.
With one project almost complete and more underway, citizens should be noticing improvements to our roads lines in the coming months.
The BOC held a workshop on March 14, 2011 with the Cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay in attendance. First on the agenda was to compile a list of road project improvements for Gilmer County. The main goal was to ensure Gilmer’s road projects are turned in by the submittal deadline in regards to HB277 that will be voted on in 2012. Gilmer County certainly wants to make sure they do not lose out by not being prepared with projects should the bill pass. If anyone is interested in how the list was determined you may view the workshop meeting. Fetchyournews.com has posted video coverage of the entire workshop road projects discussion.
Right now it feels like 8° F in Gilmer County with winds coming in from the northwest at 16mph gusting to 26mph, according to weather.com, with a projected high of 24° F for the day.
While the conditions outside in this winter wonderland are appealing to the eye, it’s best to avoid getting on the roads and stay indoors and only get on the roads in emergency situations. Use as much caution as possible today when dealing with the icy conditions on many of the county and state roads. (more…)