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Resurfacing on Hwy. 9 to begin this summer
Project is funded by stimulus money
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Forsyth County News
Federal stimulus money will fund work this summer on a well-traveled stretch of road in Forsyth County.

The resurfacing of 9.8 miles along Hwy. 9, from the Fulton County line to Hwy. 20, is slated for completion by April 30.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope said the resurfacing project, is among nine in Northeast Georgia that is “100-percent federally funded” through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A stretch of Hwy. 53 in neighboring Dawson County and two projects in Hall County also made the list.

Awarded to C.W. Matthews of Marietta, the local project will cost about $1.9 million.

Pope said certain roads and interstates have priority for this type of project based on a pavement and asphalt monitoring system.

“We have a jeep that has a laser on the front of it,” Pope said. “We ride every mile of every state route and interstate every year. Based on the laser rating and our engineers on the scene rating of the road conditions, projects are put into our work program for resurfacing.”

Pope said in order for projects to be eligible for federal funding, contractors had to be “shovel ready ... ready to get started to employ people.”

“These resurfacing projects not only met that criteria, but were very needed in our state,” she said. “That’s how these projects were selected.”
Pope said the DOT typically resurfaces all state routes and interstates every eight years.

“Because of budget constraints over the last several years, we haven’t been able to resurface the amount of roadways we like ... now we’re on a cycle that’s more like every 11 or 12 years.”

In Dawson County, 6.8 miles of Hwy. 53 from the Pickens County line to Hwy. 183 in Dawson County will be resurfaced by March 31. That project also was awarded to C.W. Matthews, at a cost of $1.1 million.

Two projects are set to begin this summer in Hall County. More than 9 miles of Hwy. 283, from Hwys. 60 to 52, will be repaved, as will the stretch of U.S. 129 between Hwy. 323 and Monroe Drive.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a national effort to create jobs and transform America’s economy.

Nationwide, some $48 billion in stimulus investments are being made in transportation infrastructure, including highways, public transit, high-speed rail and aviation.

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