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Clayton road project funded by stimulus

By Maria Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

A project to resurface a portion of Ga. Highway 3/U.S. 19, from Interstate 285 to Cleveland Avenue, should begin next month, thanks to funding from the federal economic stimulus package, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

GDOT awarded four American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 federal stimulus program contracts last week for projects in the Fourth, Fifth and 13th Congressional Districts. The projects, in Clayton, Fulton and Rockdale counties, are valued at more than $2.6 million, and are among several that will be funded in coming months, GDOT officials said.

"Our goal throughout this process has been to carefully evaluate, and select those 'most-needed' projects throughout Georgia, and then award projects that will create, and sustain as many jobs in as many parts of the state as possible, especially those area[s] considered economically depressed," said Gerald Ross, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Clayton County's project, which was awarded to contractor C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc., cost a total of $940,841.23. Workers will resurface 4.2 miles of Ga. Highway 3/U.S. 19, said Mark McKinnon, Atlanta regional media coordinator for the DOT.

"Asphalt has a shelf life that lasts about 15 to 20 years. We felt that this is a good use of the stimulus money, that we're getting from the federal government," said McKinnon. "Pavement was just getting to the point where it needed to get replaced anyway. We felt like this was a good time to do it."

GDOT officials said Fulton County will have two resurfacing projects. Ga. Highway 139, from Whitehall Street to Cascade Avenue, and Ga. Highway 92, from Ga. Highway 14 to South Fulton Parkway, will be resurfaced. In Rockdale County, resurfacing will take place on Ga. Highway 20, from Sigman Road to Ga. 138.

"This is all about creating jobs, and as we begin to get these projects under way, I am glad that we will be putting people back to work, as well as completing the necessary maintenance and repairs on our highway system," said Dana Lemon, a member of the DOT board representing the 13th Congressional District.