Porterdale to get help on road repairs

PORTERDALE — Newton County and the Newton Water and Sewerage Authority have agreed to help with repairs to Riverfront Road in Porterdale.

Through a memorandum of understanding, the county Water and Sewerage Authority and city of Porterdale will contribute to the resurfacing and striping of Riverfront Road. The road was damaged during the expansion of the authority’s pre-treatment plant located on the Yellow River south of Porterdale and the subsequent flooding in 2009.

“We’re grateful that (Newton County Commission) Chairman (Keith) Ellis is assisting on the project by helping with a much-needed repair outside the scope of our capabilities,” said Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman in a statement. “I’d like to also thank Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Water and Sewerage Authority, and Porterdale council member and authority board member Lowell Chambers for providing leadership in coordinating the project with the county. Porterdale is contributing the entire 2014 (Georgia Department of Transportation) local maintenance grant, as well. As a side benefit from the road repair, we also intend to restore the eroded access points to the river. Not only will it make the road much safer for drivers at night, but it also supports our efforts to further develop the Yellow River Water Trail by establishing additional access points for kayaks and canoes.”

Repairs are estimated to cost $86,535 for materials, with $67,840 coming from the authority and $18,695 from Porterdale. The county is expected to make an in-kind contribution of $36,163 in labor and equipment.