PERRY -- Construction is expected to start soon on one of the last major road projects left from Houston County’s 2006 special purpose local option sales tax.
In what it termed a “friendly” action, the Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to condemn three tracts of land on the south end of Moody Road. The action removes one of the final hurdles toward getting construction of the widening project started, said Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker.
The condemnation action was done in agreement with the landowners to clear up issues related to liens on the property, said County Attorney Mike Long.
Negotiations are still under way on two remaining tracts, Stalnaker said, but the contract for the road project has been awarded, and work should begin within 30 days.
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The 2-mile section to be widened to five lanes runs from Woodard Road to Ga. 127. The project will cost $4.9 million. The widening of Moody Road north of Woodard Road is currently under construction by a different contractor.
The only remaining major projects from the 2006 SPLOST, Stalnaker said, are the widening of U.S. 41 and the widening of Ga. 96, which is a state project. The county is contributing to the cost of that project with SPLOST funds.
Stalnaker said the county is currently buying right of way for the U.S. 41 project, and he is hopeful construction will start this year.
Also at the meeting, the board voted to rezone 2.58 acres at the corner of Old Perry Road and Ga. 96 from residential to commercial. The action allows for the construction of a convenience store with some other retail spaces. A representative of the developer said construction should begin in the spring. The Ga. 96 widening will not impact the project.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.