Politics & Government

Houston County will widen Gunn Road

WARNER ROBINS -- Work along U.S. 41 near Gunn Road in Houston County could soon shift to work along Gunn Road itself.

Houston County commissioners voted Tuesday to have the same contractor begin widening Gunn Road, adding a turn lane from U.S. 41 to near the Centerville Library and Margie Drive.

County Director of Operations Robbie Dunbar said commissioners voted to accept a $3.1 million contract with C.W. Matthews of Marietta, which is already working on the adjacent U.S. 41 project. Dunbar said he hopes the work will be seamless, as crews and equipment finishing U.S. 41 can shift to Gunn Road.

Paperwork should be completed in the coming weeks, and after that the contractor will have 18 months to finish the project. That would lead to a completion likely in the spring of 2016.

The Gunn Road widening project will be paid for with money from a 2006 special purpose local option sales tax. Gunn Road is expected to get other improvements under a 2012 SPLOST, but those haven’t been discussed at length, Dunbar said. It could involve widening Gunn Road to its eastern end, at Collins Avenue, and west to the Houston-Peach county line, Dunbar said.

Separately, commissioners also agreed to change an agreement with Houston County schools, increasing a reimbursement for improvements done in front of Langston Road Elementary School. Houston County’s government is covering costs of upgrades including sidewalks along Lake Joy Road, curbs and gutters, Dunbar said. A change order of about $42,000 puts the county’s share of the work at about $295,000.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.