The extensive infrastructure and road work in the areas of Vertia, Register and College Street are nearing completion.

“All underground utilities -- water, sewer and storm drainage -- have been completed,” said City Public Works Director Cliff Hendrix. “Staking out for the installation of curb and gutter on Vertia Street from College to Register has started.”

Once that part of the project is completed around the first of January, it will be time to begin resurfacing, Hendrix said. In order to resurface with no overlays that could eventually damage cars, Hendrix said that part of College and Vertia will have to be milled near the curbing so paving can be flush with curbing as it is supposed to be. 

In order for this work to be done, the community can expect road delays over the next several weeks. 

The entire project, which has experienced some delays because of rain, is scheduled to be completed by the end of January. Work in the area began in summer.

This project is being funded with a combination of LMIG (Local Maintenance Investment Grant) funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation, SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), regionally collected TIA (Transportation Investment Act) and water/sewer funds.

A second major project  currently in the design phase involves infrastructure rehabilitation, including installation of water and sewer lines and street resurfacing, in the area of Burton Avenue, South Kennedy and South Williams St. as part of the city’s TIA (Transportation Investment Act) projects.

“The engineers are finalizing the design now and the plan will be ready for us to put the project out for bids in January,” Hendrix said. 

The work will include resurfacing and new water lines on Burton Ave. and resurfacing on S. Williams St., from Hwy. 46 to Hiawatha, and on S. Kennedy St., also from Hwy. 46 to Hiawatha.

Also in the works is the 2018 LMIG project on Lincoln and Washington from Leroy St. to MLK Blvd. 

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