Macon seeks work on 30 streets

State, SPLOST funds to fix 6 miles

jgaines@macon.comNovember 26, 2013 

  • Macon streets to be repaired

    Anthony Terrace, from Anthony Road to Anthony Circle
    Dr. Betty Tolbert Way, from Riverside Drive to Williams Lane
    Graham Road (new sidewalk), from 1700 block to Old Clinton Road
    Green Oak Terrace, from Lake Valley Road to Forest Hill Road
    Hartness Street, from Carlo Avenue to Atwood Drive
    Heathers Glenn Drive, from Bloomfield Drive to the dead end
    Heaton Drive, from and to Bob-O-Link Drive
    Hickory Ridge Drive, from Clairmont Avenue to River Ridge Drive
    Jeffersonville Road and Millerfield Road intersection
    Jessamine Street, from Pine Avenue to the cul-de-sac
    Karen Drive, from Melton Avenue to the cul-de-sac
    Leaf Court, from Leaf Street to the cul-de-sac
    Leaf Drive, from Leaf Street to the cul-de-sac
    Lindwood Drive, from Lindsey Drive to the dead end
    Moore Court, from Moore Street to Fletcher Street
    North Brook Avenue, from Baxter Avenue to Forest Avenue
    North Street, from Seventh Street to the dead end
    O’Hara Drive North, from O’Hara Drive South to the 3000 block of O’Hara Drive North
    Pike Street, from Log Cabin Drive to the dead end
    Regent Street, from and to Shurling Drive
    Sheffield Road, from Pierce Avenue to Forest Ridge Drive West
    Sherbrook Court, from Sherbrook Drive to the cul-de-sac
    South Street, from Seventh Street to the dead end
    Steele Street, from Broadway to Waterville Road
    Stuart Drive, from Malvern Hill Drive to General Lee Drive
    Swan Drive, two sections, to the cul-de-sac on both
    Tredway Place, from Tredway Drive to Alandale Drive
    Twin Pine Lane, from Waverland Drive to the end of the street
    Valley Trail, from Woodhaven Circle to Crestline Drive
    Walker Avenue, from Bloomfield Drive to Bloomfield Road

    Source: City of Macon

Macon wants to repair 30 streets in the next few months, funded largely by an annual state grant.

A resolution to make the application passed the City Council’s Public Works & Engineering Committee 4-0 Tuesday, with Councilman Tom Ellington absent.

The city seeks another round of the Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant for $715,873.87, which requires a $214,762.16 local match. That’s to come from the special purpose local option sales tax voters approved in November 2011, according to a resolution from Mayor Robert Reichert.

The document calls for repairs to 6.16 miles of streets, with actual work to begin in April.

The city used to patch holes in streets while the Georgia Department of Transportation handled the overall resurfacing, said Danny Tavacol of the Bibb County Engineering Department. Instead, the state now provides annual grants.

“Now we have to do the whole thing, patching and resurfacing,” Tavacol said. Last year’s grant-funded work just wrapped up, and bids for the new round should conclude in February, he said. Once work starts, it should take about four months to complete, Tavacol said.

Disability plan

The office reshuffling that accompanies the pending Macon-Bibb County consolidation requires the shuffling of paperwork as well. The council’s Public Properties Committee quickly signed off on a transition plan for the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in a 5-0 vote.

It’s not a fundamental change, but a new filing is required whenever there are alterations to facilities by a public entity with more than 50 employees, said Sam Henderson, executive assistant to the mayor.

Historic markers

Public Properties members also voted unanimously to allow the city of Fitzgerald to place two historic markers in Macon, as stops on the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail and a Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail.

Fitzgerald is the sponsor of the trails project.

One marker would be placed at the corner of Walnut and Second streets, and the other in the median of Mulberry Street between Second and Third streets, Henderson said.

“There’s no cost to us, is that correct?” Committee Chairman Rick Hutto said.

“None at all,” Henderson said.

All three resolutions are likely to come up for final votes before the full council Dec. 3.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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