That amount was a 240 percent increase in construction funding since 2008.
The money came from using the department’s special purpose local option sales tax funds to match federal and state funds, Greene said. About half of the $12.8 million was from SPLOST and the other half from federal and state money.
“DOT sees a record construction year,” Greene said.
Post 1 Commissioner Dave Carmichael said it takes a focused department to get all of those projects done in a year and to be able to bring in that much in outside funding.
Post 4 Commissioner David Barnett said, “I think that [all the projects were] a huge undertaking.”
Greene said the county was working on at least nine projects this year, including paving of 34 miles of county roads.
Some projects that were completed include improving the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 92 and Old Stilesboro Road, which opened for the start of the last school year; a curve realignment on Ivey Gulledge Road; a new traffic signal at Old Cartersville and Ivey Gulledge roads; and two bridge repairs at Pickett’s Mill Creek and Dallas Acworth Highway.
Also the department is near completion on the new Seven Hills Boulevard Connector and East Hiram Parkway. Both projects are slated to be finished by Thanksgiving, Greene said.
However, heavy rains this year have put the projects behind schedule, he said.
The traffic signal at the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 61, Aiken Drive and the Paulding County High School entrance should be up and running by Sept. 27. The signal was delayed because of the weather, Greene said. In addition, the county and the Georgia Transmission Corp., which manages power lines for Georgia’s electric cooperatives, had to find a time when equipment installation and rerouting the power in lines near the light could be done at the same time, according to state law.