Jack Neely, 213 to be paved for new traffic

COVINGTON - County commissioners have approved a $1.13 million contract to repave Jack Neely Road and County Road 213.

Both roads are deteriorating and need maintenance before the problem worsens, according to County Engineer Kevin Walter.

"Both of these roads are not in horrible shape, but we want to maintain them in the next six to eight years. It's preventative maintenance. Both have fairly heavy traffic," he said.

That traffic is expected to increase, especially on Jack Neely, with a new elementary school slated to open at its intersection with Kirkland Road, Walter said.

A total of 3.3 miles will be repaved - .9 miles of Jack Neely between Brown Bridge and Kirkland roads and 2.4 miles of County Road 213 from Ga. Highway 36 to Dixie Road. The plan is to attempt to slightly widen Jack Neely as well, Walter said.

The contract was awarded to low bidder E.R. Snell Contracting Inc. and work is expected to get under way in the next few weeks, with the goal of finishing before school starts. If that doesn't happen, work hours will be limited to avoid traffic congestion during rush hours, Walter said.

Motorists should expect delays and lane closures while the project is under way, he added.

The projects will be funded through special purpose local option sales tax revenues.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.