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County making road improvements

The yellow roads mark planned work for 2020. The other colored roads are previous work over the past five years and until the end of 2019

At the recent Jeff Davis County Commission workshop, Chad Hofstadter of Hofstadter and Associates engineering fund in Macon detailed the road improvement work that has been done in the county over the past five years, and presented multiple options on how the commissioners can continue to improve the roads in the coming years.
The total number of roadway improvement miles to be complete by the end of 2019 is 59.01. The improvements include resurfacing, base pave and drainage of dirt roads, full depth reclamation, and triple surface treatment.
The county has also secured funding for another 14.31 miles of pavement improvements to be completed in 2020, bringing the total to 73.32 miles.
Not pictured in the accompanying Global Information System (GIS) map is an additional 17.55 miles of striping completed in 2018 as well as a $240,000 grant obtained to use in FY 2020 for striping. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) grant will allow for over 55 miles of additional striping to increase safety and the County’s overall level of service.
The improvements have been achieved solely with GDOT Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG), Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST), and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. As the County engineer, Hofstadter and Associates has designed and maintained a robust pavement maintenance program consisting of large amounts of data, GIS files, and future recommendations.
According to Hofstadter, what saw shown in the commission meeting was only a tiny bit of the Jeff Davis County road maintenance program that County Administrator Keith Carter and Hofstadter speak about on a continual basis. Recently, the two had a 3-hour meeting digging into more of the details and logistics.
The yellow roads in the GIS map includes the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Band 3 roads to be completed in 2020 but does not include the additional 12 miles for 2019 and 2020 LMIG.
“All credit for these impressive numbers should be directed at the Commission and County Staff led by the County Administrator,” said Hofstadter.

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