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City and County create paving wish list

It's almost like the start of the holiday season for McDuffie County Public Works Director Chris Pelly. He is in the process of amending the road resurfacing wish list he submitted to commissioners for approval.

The deadline for counties and cities to tell the Georgia Department of Transportation which roads need paving the most is Sept. 1. Both Thomson and McDuffie County officials have long lists they will submit to the state's Local Assistance Road Program.

State officials will examine the roads on those lists and decide which ones will be paved according to the LARP funds available. Mr. Pelly said it's better to turn in a longer list in case more funds become available.

"I'm turning in almost 25 (miles of road), but they're only going to give us about three or four," Mr. Pelly said.

The county's list includes Boneville, Stagecoach, Mattie Harrison, Daggett, Knox Rivers and Mt. Pleasant Roads as well as Hamilton Drive. Mr. Pelly said two other streets may also be added to that list, depending on what commissioners think.

Thomson's list of proposed streets to resurface consists of Mimosa, Watson, Sills and Magnolia Streets; Pine, Lynda, Rose and Murray Lanes; Lovelace, Camellia, Salem and Beechwood Drives, and Forrest Clary Drive Extension.

Traditionally, Thomson only receives funding for three to four short streets. Officials were hoping that additional money in the DOT budget for the coming year would translate into more road paving in the county.

Mr. Pelly said the funds were set aside for state aid contracts instead of LARP. That program also helps local governments pave roads, but instead of paying the entire sum, the state shares the cost.

This year's LARP paving was recently under construction. It included Dogwood Drive, Poplar and Sycamore Streets in Thomson; Dearing Acres, Moose Club and Salem Roads in the unincorporated area of the county.

Web posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006

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