DOT to repave three more city roads

COVINGTON - City officials got a pleasant surprise recently when they learned the Georgia Department of Transportation would fund the resurfacing of three streets.

The streets were submitted by the city on last year's LARP (Local Assistance Road Program) request list, but were not initially included in the program. So, the city planned to resubmit the streets again this year, but was notified by the DOT that funding was available, and the projects would be let this year.

The roads that will be resurfaced are: Moon Circle, from Capes Drive to Swanee Lane; Lee Street, from Stallings Street to Clark Street; and Brown Street, from Ivy Street to Reynolds Street.

"We'll be removing these from the list," said Transportation Manager Billy Skinner, referring to the 2010 LARP request sheet the city is sending to the DOT.

The city is submitting 40 streets for consideration.

Initiated in 1978, LARP is a resurfacing program designed to help local governments preserve their paved road systems, according to the DOT's Web site.

Georgia counties and cities submit a LARP priority list to the DOT each year during late summer or early fall identifying roads or streets that need resurfacing.

The DOT reviews the submissions and develops a needs assessment and cost estimate and decides which roads will be resurfaced based on need and availability of funds.

Funding for LARP projects comes from the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax.

In other news, the City Council approved Monday night a bid of $83,401.05 from Pittman Construction to resurface Alcovy Road from U.S. Highway 278 to Avenue Way, just south of the railroad tracks near the Covington Housing Authority.

The DOT is doing extensive work on the road but that project ends where the city's will begin.

Pittman was the sole bidder.

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