The Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved several roads projects scheduled for next year during a meeting Nov. 15.
Construction on a new bridge on Black’s Mill Road should begin in January now that the board has approved awarding a $375,000 contract to Georgia Bridge and Concrete.
The completion date will depend on when the new steel bridge is delivered.
“The actual construction time is not that long, the long time is going to be the 18 to 20 weeks it's going to take from the time we order the bridge to the time it's here,” Public Works Director David McKee said Nov. 8.
The bridge has been closed since July 2017 when the Georgia Department of Transportation closed it, declaring it was structurally deficient. McKee said Thursday that GDOT has been involved with the engineering process and will inspect the bridge once it is built.
Emergency services vehicles will be able to pass over the new, wider bridge after discontinuing use of the bridge several years ago due to weight restrictions.
Also approved Nov. 15 was an application to repair county roads through the state Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program.
The roads that will be repaired if the county receives the grant will include several roads in the Dawson Junction subdivision off Dawson Forest Road; roads in the Hightower Industrial Park off Hwy. 53; and Amicalola Drive in the Amicalola Chase Subdivision off Hwy. 136 and Crane Road.
If the grant, amounting to $414,931.34 with a 30 percent county match, is awarded, the projects would start around March or April 2019.
The board also approved a contract to renovate the exterior of the gym at Veterans Memorial Park in an amount not to exceed $235,140 and approved a rezoning request for a property located on Hwy. 9 S in the curves.
Property owners Donald and Deborah Dearwent requested a rezone from RSR, or Residential Sub-Rural, to RA, or Residential Agricultural, for their nearly eight acre property at 3264 Hwy. 9 S.
The property currently features a single family home and is on the market. The Dearwents asked for the RA zoning to allow for the possibility of potential buyers opening a bed and breakfast.