Houston County approves joint road contract

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 18, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Commission on Tuesday paved the way for a lot of road resurfacing, but not only county roads.

The board approved a $2.5 million contract with Georgia Asphalt, the low bidder, to resurface roads in Houston, Warner Robins, Centerville, Byron, Hawkinsville and Pulaski County.

To achieve a volume savings, Houston orchestrated the bidding for itself and the other governments. Houston’s portion of the contract is $704,951, and the other governments will pay their shares.

The county is actually spending $786,702 to resurface all or parts of nine roads. About $40,000 will be set aside for new signs and sign posts, while $42,000 saved as a result of the contract will go toward additional resurfacing.

The state provides grants to local governments each year for resurfacing, with a 30 percent local match.

This is the second year Houston County has organized the contract on behalf of the other governments.

“It’s a good deal for all of us involved in it,” said Commissioner Tom McMichael.

Roads in Houston County designated for resurfacing are Arena Road, Kings Chapel Road, Silver Circle (south end), Ashton Drive, Loxley Drive, Timber Ridge Drive, Waterford Drive, Barrett Road (west end) and Crystal Court.

At the end of the meeting, Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker drew a round of applause when he announced he his running for a second term. Commissioner Jay Walker also said he is running again. Those are the only two on the board up for re-election this year.

“It’s been quite humbling,” Stalnaker said of his first term. “You’ve got to always remember the reason why you are there.”

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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