This week, crews from Reeves Construction continued Macon-Bibb’s Paving the Way program by resurfacing 0.41 miles of Lawrence Drive South and the entire 0.35 miles of Duffey Drive. Paving the Way is Macon-Bibb’s new road improvement project that includes repaving, patching, pothole filling, and restriping. This initiative is funded with $14,323,127.50 from the general fund, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), and state Local Maintenance & Improvement Grants (LMIG).
“For too many years, a lack of funding meant our roads deteriorated faster than we could fix them,” said Mayor Lester Miller. “We are putting millions more into this work to begin catching up by focusing on our worst roads.”
Macon-Bibb hired RoadBotics to study every mile of county-owned roads and rated them from 1 (best) to 5 (worst) based on potholes, cracks, structural integrity, and other signs of damage and deterioration. The roads that will be focused on during this first round of Paving the Way are the ones rated 4 and 5.
“We are going to conduct another road study to create a list of the roads for the next round of this program, knowing that a road with a ranking of three will have deteriorated in the next two to three years,” says County Manager Dr. Keith Moffett.
The County has hired C.W. Matthews, Mid-States Striping, Professional Paving Services, and Reeves Construction to handle different aspects of this project. Some of the sections of road that have been restriped or patched include Jeffersonville Road, Masseyville Road, Recreation Road, Riggins Mill Road, Skipper Road, 7th Street, and South Walden Road.