Houston to pave nearly 4 miles of dirt road

wcrenshaw@macon.comJuly 2, 2013 

PERRY -- The Houston County public works crew soon will have almost four fewer miles of dirt roads to scrape.

The Houston County Commission on Tuesday approved a contract to pave 3.73 miles of Whitfield Road. It’s the longest dirt road project funded by the special purpose local option sales tax, said Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker.

Completion of the project will leave the county with fewer than 50 miles of dirt roads, which are time-consuming to maintain.

“That will be a pretty good clip taken off the dirt road inventory,” he said.

The contract was awarded to The Miller Group Inc., of Morrow, which bid $470,325.

The road is one of 12 dirt roads included in the 2001 SPLOST. The dirt road projects have taken longer to complete in part because the county only paves the roads if all of the right of way is donated.

That means just one property owner can hold up a project, and the county doesn’t resort to condemnation because then it would have to pay for the land. Three of the 2001 SPLOST dirt road projects have been basically abandoned for that reason.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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