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Douglas County using own equipment, contractor to pave 12 miles
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
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Motorists could encounter heavy equipment on almost 12 miles of Douglas County roads and neighborhood streets this week through July as the county begins its summer paving work.

The county Department of Transportation last week announced its paving schedule for 2.5 miles of roads, including:

- Today through Friday, paving on Balmoral Drive and Balmoral Court.

- Monday through July 5, deep patching and paving on Hammock Lake Drive.

- July 8 to 16, paving on Pritchards Mill Trail, Mill Trace and Mill Court.

- July 17 to 26, deep patching and paving on South River Road’s west end.

“Residents of these areas are advised that, although much care is taken when paving, asphalt and tack can get on vehicles, shoes and other items and care is advised,” county officials said in a statement.

In addition, Marietta-based Baldwin Paving Co. will begin work on an additional 9.16 miles of roads this week, said County Transportation Director Randy Hulsey.

Paving will be done on Banks Mill Road, Riley Road, Mt. Vernon Road, South Burnt Hickory Road, Timber Ridge Drive and the east end of South River Road.

All work is scheduled to run through the end of July, he said.

Hulsey said the county’s part of the paving is only planned for non-peak traffic times – such as late mornings and early afternoons between the rush hours.

“This is the first of our efforts to try to do our own paving,” he said of the county government.

The county recently purchased some road construction and paving equipment to try to “realize some savings” from its longtime practice of paying a contractor to do the work, he noted.

“We’re trying to add a little more mileage to the [paving] contracts,” he said.

Hulsey said his department set up traffic control measures during the paving times.

The work will total about $1.5 million, of which $762,589 will be funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation through its Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program, Hulsey noted. The remainder will come from Douglas County’s General Fund budget.
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