February 1, 2014

Five local roads in Whitfield County to get makeover with GDOT grant

Submitted by the Georgia Department of Transportation

— The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the State Transportation Board are paving the way for local road improvements in Whitfield County. GDOT recently approved a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant amounting to a little more than $800,000 to patch, level, resurface and stripe five local roads in Whitfield County.

The grant covers 14.35 miles of patching, leveling, resurfacing and striping of the following roads:

• Airport Road from State Route (SR) 3 to the county line, for a distance of 2.93 miles.

• South Dixie Highway from the Dalton city limits to the South Bypass, for a distance of 4.36 miles.

• Beaverdale Road Northeast from SR 71 to Lake Francis Road, for a distance of 2.87 miles.

• Beaverdale Road from Lake Francis Road to Riverdale Road, for a distance of 3.49 miles.

• South Dug Gap Road from the end of the old two-lane section to Cove Drive, for a distance of 0.7 of a mile.

“Improved transportation is vital to the continued success and progress of Whitfield County,” GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. “This resurfacing effort is another important milepost on the road to an even brighter future for the county and Georgia DOT is proud to help Whitfield get there.”

“Whitfield County is definitely on the fast track to improved transportation for all its residents,” said State Transportation Board member Roger Williams. “The approval of this grant is another accomplishment everyone involved should be proud of.” Williams, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, including Whitfield County, has been instrumental in gaining approval for this project.

Funding comes from GDOT’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) Program, which allows local governments to decide the types of project that are most beneficial to their local jurisdiction. Every year, GDOT notifies local governments to submit requests for their local transportation needs.

Funding for LMIG is allocated each fiscal year and is between 10 and 20 percent of the funding from the state motor fuel taxes collected in the preceding fiscal year. Funds for projects are distributed to local governments by a formula based on population and local road mileage. Funds can be rolled over for three fiscal years to assist with funding more expensive projects.

LMIG funds can only be used on improvements for roads and bridges within county, city or state rights of way. Eligible projects include — but are not limited to — safety, economic development, sidewalk, maintenance and bridge.

In addition to its primary responsibility to provide for the safety, maintenance and growth of Georgia’s federal and state highway system, GDOT also assists cities and counties in the care and expansion of local roads and streets. Through its LMIG program — formerly the State Aid and the Local Assistance Road (LARP) programs — GDOT has given cities and counties nearly $860 million during the past decade.

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