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Public input sought on road resurfacing

Mesena Road heads a list of roads slated for resurfacing in McDuffie County.

For several years, the road has been in need of repair work and it appears that it's on the way to happening sometime soon.

Resurfacing the Mesena Road would go from the city limits of Thomson all the way to the Warren County line, according to McDuffie County Roads and Bridges Director Eric Resinger.

"The road is in bad need of resurfacing," Mr. Resinger told members of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners during a recent meeting.

The resurfacing project would be done with funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The Mesena Road project would consist of 4.6 miles.

McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said both sides of Mesena Road need to be built up 18 inches. Mr. Resinger agreed.

Several other roads in the county also are in need of repair.

Mr. Resinger submitted a list of nine such roads. They include:

Randall Road;

Stagecoach Road;

Mount Pleasant Road;

Randall Hunt Road;

Radford Gay Road;

Gingerhill Road;

Ponderosa Lane; and

Twin Oaks Road.

Two additional roads were added to that list during the meeting by Commission Vice-Chairman Sammie Wilson, Sr. Those areas include Betsy Branch Drive and another one in the Cherokee Neighborhood.

"We need to get this list in because there are a lot of people wanting the money," Mr. Resinger said.

The total resurfacing project is expected to cost between $225,000 and $235,000, state DOT officials predict.

Commissioner Bill Jopling is asking for public input before the county submits the final list to DOT officials.

"I really feel like we need to hear from the people that we represent on what roads they would like to see fixed," Mr. Jopling said.

Such input would need to be shared with commissioners at their July 20 meeting. It will be held in the grand jury of the county courthouse at 6:30 p.m.



Web posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010













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