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.