Commission OKs bid for 4 new traffic lights

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 5:10pm
By: John Munford

County officials are working towards using SPLOST funds to erect four traffic lights on state highways in Fayette.

At last week’s meeting the Fayette County Commission approved a $925,000 bid for the work from R.J. Haynie&Associates, which was the low bidder on the project.

Haynie will also add turn lanes and other improvements at the intersections, which include:

• Ga. Highway 85 and Corinth Road;

• Ga. Highway 74 and Sandy Creek Road;

• Ga. Highway 54 and Ebenezer Road/Brittany Way; and

• Ga. Highway 92 and Gingercake Road.

Work is estimated to begin in January and will be finished within 18 months, officials said.

There is a snag with the light at Hwy. 74 and Sandy Creek Road since it has not been approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation, which wants to do its own traffic study first, officials said.

County Attorney Scott Bennett said the contract for the work, which must also be approved later by the commission, would include a provision in case the Hwy. 74 light does not get DOT approval. That way the county wouldn’t be on the hook for a service it didn’t receive, Bennett indicated.

Even if that signal isn’t approved, the intersection will still be improved with new turn lanes, county staff indicated.

In other business, the commission voted unanimously to select Allen McCullough as the county’s new director of public safety, replacing Jack Krakeel who was named county administrator two weeks ago.

McCullough has long been a deputy chief in the county fire and emergency department.

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Submitted by balloonguy on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 5:36pm.

but I really thought that the SPLOST was designated specifically for the schools, and not as a source of funding for use at the discretion of the County Commission?

Isn't this what we pay highway taxes and gas taxes for? Those funds are tagged - and shouldn't be an open checkbook for the county commission.

The SPLOST has nothing to do with the road infrastructure - and I may be going out on a limb here, but I don't see what relevance improving intersections has on the school system.

Am I wrong?

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Submitted by The Wedge on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 9:03pm.

Just answering your question. see the following:
Fayette County citizens approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) resolution on November 2, 2004. The resolution imposes a one percent special sales and use tax on all transactions made within the County. The tax began April 1, 2005 and will continue through March 31, 2010 or until $115,857,267 is collected, whichever occurs first. Money collected through SPLOST is used exclusively for road, street and bridge purposes in Fayette County.

The SPLOST just voted upon was an ESPLOST, not this one.

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