BOC takes next step in Crowell Road/Highway 81 project

PORTERDALE — County officials approved the next step to fix the congested intersection of Crowell Road and Ga. Highway 81 in Porterdale by approving URS Construction to prepare the bid documents.

The more than $1.7 million project involves adding turning lanes and installing a traffic signal. The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve spending $53,800 to have URS Corporation prepare bid documents, coordinate a pre-bid meeting, recommend the award of the construction contract and coordinate the utilities.

The company will also provide communication with the Georgia Department of Transportation, conduct onsite project evaluations and coordinate the actual open bid meeting.

The project will be funded by 2005 SPLOST funds. Assistant County Manager Tom Garrett said that cost does not include the relocation of some minor utilities, but the city of Porterdale has also agreed to allocate $300,000 toward the project.

The bidding process should take between 60 to 90 days and Chairman Keith Ellis said once the construction contract is awarded, the county will host a groundbreaking.