Gordon County is one of three counties to be awarded state funds to proceed with pending road projects, days after voters across the Northwest region of Georgia turned down a vote for a one penny sales tax increase to fund some of these same projects.
Gordon County has been allotted more than $15 million dollars to begin the start of the third major interchange construction project in Gordon County, to be completed by 2015.
The project includes the reconstruction of the SR 136/I-75 interchange and the widening of Highway 136 from two to four lanes, beginning at Camp Creek and extending to US 41/SR 3 in Gordon County for a distance of 1.10 miles. It also includes the construction of two bridge and their approaches on SR 136 over Camp Creek and Interstate 75, according to the release.
Contracted to C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., out of Marietta, Ga., the 136 and Camp Creek interchanges will involve the construction of two new bridges, and is expected to begin in mid September with an expected completion date is November 30, 2015, according to Spear.
GDOT officials, and county leaders are planning to meet in the next three weeks to give the “notice to proceed” to begin construction on the three year project.
Though one project is waiting to proceed, the Union Grove interchange project was given its notice to proceed less than one month ago, according to GDOT, and the project is expected to conclude by 2014.
With the project scheduled to move forward, no dirt has currently been moved on the Union Grove interchange, as contractor for this project as well, C.W. Matthews, takes time to move heavy equipment and machinery into the area.
These construction projects, are funded by GDOT come from state funds and come as no direct cost to Gordon County residents.
The other two counties given money, in conjunction with Gordon County are $7.8 million in drainage improvements along State Route 49 in Peach County, and two projects in Forsyth County totaling $9 million. The funds are allotted as a part of GDOT’s RoadWorks 2012 construction project.
The Union Grove interchange project would have been funded by the T-SPLOST money if the tax passed in the region. Because the tax did not pass, the federal money already earmarked for these projects in Gordon will proceed as intended. Had the T-SPLOST tax passed, the federal money for these projects would have been streamed elsewhere.