Motorists to encounter lots of road projects this summer

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Commissioners has approved contracts for several resurfacing projects throughout the county. Construction on these projects will begin in mid-June and should be completed by August, according to a press release issued by the county. The projects include all or portions of the following roadways: Jack Neely Road, Oak Hill Road, Dixie Road, Malcom Road, Mote Road, McGiboney Road, Airport Road and Crowell Road.

During the construction period, the roadways will remain open to through traffic. However, motorists can expect delays resulting from single lane closures along these routes while paving activities are underway.

The entire length of Mote Road from Ga. Highway 162 to Lower River Road will be receiving full depth reclamation. During the construction period, the roadway will be completely pulverized, re-graded and then resurfaced with asphalt. This process will take about one week to complete, and for that period of time the asphalt will be completely removed from the roadway before being replaced.

Improvements to Airport Road and Crowell and Jack Neely roads are being funded through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues. The other projects are being funded through the Department of Transportation's Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant.

Motorists are asked to be patient while the county improves the transportation network.