Athens-Clarke commission eyes road, sidewalk fixes

On the same day Athens-Clarke County voters overwhelmingly elected to adopt a transportation sales tax, county commissioners approved potential transportation upgrades using other funding sources.

 

Commissioners authorized Mayor Nancy Denson and county staff to apply for an about $1.3 million grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation, with the city contributing nearly $415,000 more, to rehabilitate several Athens roads.

According to government documents, the rehabilitation includes patching, paving and striping work on these stretches of roads:

  • Baxter Street from Milledge Avenue to Lumpkin Street;
  • South Lumpkin Street from West Broad Street to Rutherford Street;
  • Barnett Shoals Road from Gaines School Road to Security Circle;
  • Barnett Shoals Road from Lexington Road to Gaines School Road;
  • Newton Bridge Road from Kathwood Drive to Newton Bridge Industrial Way;
  • Newton Bridge Road from Newton Bridge Industrial Way to Commerce Road;
  • Macon Highway from the Loop 10 ramp to the Oconee County border;
  • Arch Street from Peter Street to Old Winterville Road;
  • Nellie B Avenue from Winterville Road to Vine Street.

Also at their Tuesday meeting, commissioners approved preliminary construction plans to fill in sidewalk gaps along three state routes:

  • Lexington Road between 4410 Lexington Road and Southeast Clarke Park;
  • West Broad Street between Hawthorne Avenue and 2220 West Broad Street;
  • South Milledge Avenue between Loop 10 and Macon Highway.

Other transportation-related actions the commission took in their Tuesday meeting included:

  • Authorizing an application to receive an estimated $76,000 in federal funds, along with an added $19,000 from local sources, for transit planning.
  • Authorizing an application to receive an estimated $190,000 in federal funds, along with an added $47,500 from local sources, for the county Planning Department to perform transportation planning.
  • Amending an ordinance to prohibit parking on the west side of Weymanda Circle from Weymanda Court to where the road ends.

 

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