The Jordan Hill and Smoak Road bridges go over Troublesome Creek and have the lowest safety ratings, according to county officials. County school buses currently cannot go over the Smoak Road bridge and Jordan Hill bridge only has a rating of 5 tons, County Manager William Wilson Jr. told members of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners last week.
The Jordan Hill bridge is just north of Sun City Peachtree. County officials are talking with the Sun City Peachtree developers to see if they will donate the rights of way.
The Smoak Road project will also take some of the
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curves out the road and will require right of way for three to five parcels, depending on the design, Wilson said.
The county has also approved an agreement for services with Manley Acquisition Services for right-of-way acquisition on the two Georgia Department of Transportation projects. According to the county, GDOT will pay 100 percent of the construction costs if the county acquires the rights of way.
County Attorney Jim Fortune said there are costs and work involved, even if the land is donated, including meetings with the property owners, title research and security interest, if there is a mortgage on the land.
The county also agreed to spend $9,850 to contract with Wolverton & Associates for a traffic study for the new Spalding County Senior Citizens Center location on Memorial Drive. Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds can be used for the study as the new senior center is a 2005 SPLOST project.