COVINGTON -- Improvements to Crowell and Jack Neely roads will start in the next few days. Motorists should expect single lane closures and delays.
The majority of construction should be completed by the start of school, said County Engineer Tom Garrett.
Officials hope improvements will help school traffic flow better. The replacement Newton High School will open Aug. 2. The school is on Crowell Road North and also fronts Jack Neely Road.
Improvements include asphalt patching, resurfacing, widening, grading, storm drainage, signage, striping and associated work.
On Jack Neely, a southbound center left turn lane will be added so that traffic heading south can continue without being delayed by vehicles that are turning.
On Crowell Road, an existing northbound turn lane will be extended to accommodate vehicles and buses turning left into the high school.
The Board of Commissioners approved June 4 a low bid of $382,572.20 by Pittman Construction Co. out of Conyers.
Garrett said striping and some other minor work may still be required after school starts, but the goal is to have the majority of the project completed.
The work is being funded with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues. The initial estimate was $1 million, made before officials could perform a true cost estimate, Garrett said. The scope of the project and even the design of the school was not yet known when the SPLOST list was created.
Including "soft costs" such as surveying, easement acquisition and design, the cost is about $400,000, he said. That's about $600,000 under the initial estimate. Those dollars can be transferred to other projects on the SPLOST list.