By Jeff Harrison
City leaders believe it’s not a matter of if, but when they’ll begin work on several summer paving projects.
Director of Public Works Ray Collier said they’re waiting for assistance from Grady County District 1 crews on three projects planned for this summer.
“We don’t have the equipment to handle these projects so we have to wait until the county can help us out,” Collier said. “One of these days we’ll be able to buy or lease a laydown machine and larger dump truck for these types of projects. But we can’t now.”
District 1 County Commissioner Windle Hardy said his crews are catching up on a number of road projects and is uncertain when they will have time to work on the Tuttle projects. He said they will also soon begin work on replacing a collapsed tin horn bridge near Pocasset.
Collier said the top priority will be repaving near the intersection of 7th and Elm streets. The road was torn up due to a sewer main collapse earlier this year. The sewer has been repaired, but the surface of the road is gravel.
Other projects include 3rd St. just south of Main St. and at Fairview Cemetery.
Collier said they hope to complete the 3rd Street project before school starts. They will begin near the alley behind Garrett’s Trucking and hope to pave all the way to Hogan Avenue.
“There are a few blocks that are not in bad shape, but we would like to go all the way to the new housing addition there,” Collier said.
City Manager Tim Young estimates each project will cost the City about $40,000-$50,000. The city generally purchases the materials while the county provides labor and equipment.
“We are very appreciative of the county’s help on these projects,” he said. “That allows us to stretch our budget.”