WARNER ROBINS -- A road improvement project to accommodate the foot and driving traffic that will come with a new school under construction in Perry should begin in February or March, according to Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker.
We got to hurry up and get the road improved before school starts, he said.
Stalnaker said commissioners voted for the first step of road improvements for a portion of Langston Road this week, at a meeting where the commission also began the process to upgrade the E911 centers radio system. The road runs in front of what will be Langston Road Elementary School.
Houston County schools broke ground on the school, a $14.2 million project, in early September. Its set to open for the 2014-15 school year, and Stalnaker said the road improvements should be completed by then.
Based on the commissioners vote Tuesday, an engineer will begin designing how to turn the two-lane road into three lanes with sidewalks, curbs and gutters. The engineer contract is $16,500, according to Stalnaker.
For now, improvements will only be done from Houston Lake Road to Lake Joy Road. Stalnaker said the rest of the road, to U.S. 41, will be completed when more funds are available.
Also this week, commissioners approved a $34,000 contract for a company to investigate and advise the county on how best to upgrade its radio system for E911.
The system upgrade is part of the 2012 special purpose local option sales tax. Its projected that $8.2 million would be available for the upgrade.
SPLOST collections are behind projections, but commissioners have instructed all departments to plan their projects at 12 percent less than original projections in case receipts dont pick up before the end of the six-year sales tax.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.