As part of the SPLOST, the city of Griffin and Spalding County will receive $10,924,198 each. According to documents supplied by Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith, the single largest city expenditure in its share of the SPLOST funds is $4,583,470 for traffic signals, intersection improvements, the Sixth Street bridge and Airport Road.
“That’s what we’ve got in the pipeline for transportation projects that have already been approved by the DOT,” Smith said, referring to the state Department of Transportation.
Three million dollars will be spent on transportation projects associated with the North Hill Street Study Transportation Program, including construction, right of way acquisition and utility relocation. Smith said this is a joint project between the city and county, to fulfill their development plan for the area.
Road resurfacing - four miles in city districts one through six - will consume $1,800,000. Smith said there are a lot of roads in each district that need resurfacing but four miles in each is what the city can complete in conjunction with the Local Assistance Road Program.
Repairs to the Meriwether bridge and West Poplar Street bridge will cost $275,000 each for a total of $550,000, while $500,000 will be spent on right of way parking, curb cuts and sidewalk improvements in the northeast target area, another area that needs redevelopment, and $490,728 will be spent on new and replacement sidewalks outside of this area.
“There are a lot of places in town that don’t have sidewalks,” Smith said.
These areas also lack adequate parking. Parking improvements would enable people to park their cars on the curbs without destroying nearby vegetation.
“We don’t have a listing of specific projects,” said County Manager William Wilson Jr., at least as far as transportation is concerned.
He said $150,000 will be spent on a bus for the Spalding County Senior Citizens Center and $2.5 million will be spent on sewer-expansion and infrastructure projects in the North Hill Street area. This leaves $8,274,000 to be spent on transportation.
Wilson said that although some commissioners wish to pave dirt roads, there are many transportation projects that need to be done in the county. He listed the intersection of Rover-Zetella Road and Moreland Road and the intersection of Rover-Zetella Road and Vaughn Road as two intersections that need improvement. He also said the West McIntosh Road bridge over the Flint River that Spalding County co-owns with Fayette County also needs to be replaced.
“Those are the priorities for our remaining $8 million there,” he said. “These are just projects out here that need funding, that are in our CTP, our comprehensive transportation plan.”