Safety improvements may soon begin on Langston Chapel and Old Register/Sinkhole roads thanks to a contract award from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Bulloch County will receive more than $500,000 for the project from the GDOT.
GDOT officials opened the project for bidding in May, and it was awarded to Reeves Construction, said Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch.
“It’s clearly a safety project to install new pavement marking and to perform shoulder work — build the shoulders back up or stabilize them,” he said. “I think this will be helpful for driving at night where the roads are not well lighted. We are grateful to our legislative delegation and the GDOT in advocating for this much needed local project which will improve traveler safety along two connected high traffic corridors.”
The Bulloch County legislative delegation — Rep. Jan Tankersley (R-Brooklet), Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), Rep. Jon Burns (R-Newington) and Rep. Butch Parrish (R-Swainsboro) — made the announcement Tuesday.
“I want to thank the Georgia Department of Transportation for awarding Bulloch County with this much needed construction contract,” Tankersley said in the statement released Tuesday. “Bulloch County and its citizens will greatly benefit from this roadway repair project, which will improve the safety of our roads, as well as encourage economic mobility in the area.”
Bulloch County Board of Commissioners Chairman Roy Thompson said the project will include widening the roads by two feet, as well as restriping.
“There have been a lot of wrecks” on these stretches of highway, he said.
The high-traffic corridor includes seven miles of pavement on Langston Chapel Road. The work will be done at two locations: the first on Langston Chapel Road from Old Register Road to Harville Road, and the second on Old Register Road/Sinkhole Road from Highway 46 to Langston Chapel Road.
“These types of projects are a good example of the uses of the new transportation funds made available by the passage of HB 170 a few years ago,” Hill said. “Today, our state is beginning to meet Georgia’s transportation challenges and our area of the state is being addressed. Resurfacing is an important function of keeping our roads safe and passable.”
The funding is $547,898, and the anticipated completion date for the project is March 31, 2020.
“This contract for Bulloch County is yet another example of our state’s commitment to maintaining Georgia’s first-class surface road infrastructure system,” Burns said. “As this contract demonstrates, the Bulloch County legislative delegation and Governor (Brian) Kemp’s administration are working to ensure our community remains a vibrant and safe place for businesses and families to call home.”
Information on schedules, lane closures and detours will be made available on the GDOT website (www.dot.ga.gov) before construction begins. There has not yet been a specific start date determined for the project.
Thompson said Bulloch County Engineer Brad Deal deserves credit for bringing attention to the roads involved and suggesting the improvements to legislators and GDOT officials.
Deal was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.