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Hwy. 138 medians to bloom with beautification

Trees and flowers are expected to soon replace the weeds growing in the planters along Hwy. 138 in eastern Clayton County. The county commission voted unanimously this week to spend $326,825, mostly in federal grant moneys, to do landscaping along the highway.

Trees and flowers are expected to soon replace the weeds growing in the planters along Hwy. 138 in eastern Clayton County. The county commission voted unanimously this week to spend $326,825, mostly in federal grant moneys, to do landscaping along the highway.

— The tall gray planters found Hwy. 138’s medians between Walt Stephens Road and the Henry County line will soon bloom with new colors.

The Clayton County Board of commissioners voted unanimously this week to use federal transportation grant funds to pay much of the cost of a $326,825 landscaping and beautification for the segment of Hwy. 138 known as Lake Spivey Parkway. The county will spend $13,000 in tax money to cover the local match funding required under the terms of the grant.

Cumming-based Tri Scapes, Inc. has been hired to do the landscaping work.

“This is a momentous project that we are looking forward to because it will provide a beautiful entrance way to welcome people coming into the county,” said commission Vice-Chairman Michael Edmondson, whose district includes the Lake Spivey area.

The vote to move forward with the project comes approximately six years after Lake Spivey residents and county officials began pushing for beautification of Hwy. 138.

Edmondson said the county worked with Georgia Department of Transportation Board Member Dana Lemon half a decade ago to apply for the grant. Initially, the county received $500,000 but some of that money has already been spent on planning and designing the landscaping, as well as gathering public input for the project.

The 40-inch tall gray planters were built early in the process but have spent years nurturing nothing but weeds.

Trees and flowers are expected to be planted in them as part of the project.

The landscaping issue has been near and dear to the hearts of community leaders in the Lake Spivey area who visited the commission this week to advocate for the project’s approval.

Lake Spivey Community, Inc. President Raymond Baggarly said the landscaping project was one of the first major issues the group took up after it was formed in 2005. Baggarly pointed out what Edmondson later said was one of the biggest reasons for the delay in getting the landscaping done: The weather.

“Mother nature has not been kind to us in the six years we’ve been waiting for this,” Baggarly said. “We’ve had two droughts and now, if you go outside, you’ll see we’ve got an opportunity here.”

Spivey Cove Homeowners Association President Dave Murphy added, “We’re not only talking about investing in our county, but actually doing it.”