Houston revives Carl Vinson Parkway widening

wcrenshaw@macon.comMay 21, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Commission is reviving a widening project from the 2001 special purpose local option sales tax that it once thought it couldn’t afford.

The board Tuesday approved a contract to design the widening of Carl Vinson Parkway from Elberta Road to Dunbar Road. It had originally been phase three of the Carl Vinson widening in the 2001 SPLOST, but had been put aside to ensure the county would have the funds to complete the other roads in the SPLOST, Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said.

However, because most of the projects have come in at or under budget, the county has determined it has the funds to complete that section. It will widen the road from two lanes to three with a turning lane and a sidewalk on one side.

Depending on the engineering analysis, Stalnaker said, it will probably include a traffic signal at the Dunbar Road intersection or possibly even a traffic circle. He said some type of traffic control is much needed there, especially during commute hours.

“Anybody that travels the Dunbar Road area at Carl Vinson knows the havoc that can occur there at certain times of day,” Stalnaker said.

Warner Robins City Councilman Mike Davis, who lives in the area and was at the meeting, thanked the board for moving forward on the project.

“We travel that road every day and it’s a project that really needs to be done,” he said. “Part of it is in the county, part is in Warner Robins and part is in Centerville, so I think it’s a project we can all work together on.”

The previous two phases widened Carl Vinson to five lanes from Russell Parkway to Elberta Road. The design on phase three is expected to take six months, and construction may start early next year. The design for that section had previously been 60 percent complete, and the contract approved Tuesday is for Stantec Consulting Services to complete the design for $98,280.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a $2.6 million contract with Georgia Asphalt to resurface roads in Houston County and the cities of Warner Robins, Centerville, Perry and Hawkinsville, and Pulaski County. Houston administered the bids for those governments to achieve a volume savings in the contract, which is paid for primarily with state money.

The county’s portion of the contract is $706,717, which includes a $550,000 state grant and would resurface all or parts of 15 roads. The other governments will pay the remaining share.

Stalnaker said the county and other governments are achieving a savings because the cost of the paving is $66 per metric ton of asphalt. It costs the county $65 per ton just to buy the asphalt and do the paving itself.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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