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City OKs road projects
Hinesville City Hall

The Hinesville City Council approved paving and painting stripes on miles of streets during its meeting Thursday.

Matthew Barrow with P.C. Simonton and Associates presented two road projects that will use some of the remaining Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds. One Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant project will resurface about 2.2 miles of Hinesville streets. Three construction companies sent in bids to do the work.

The original project estimate was $388,339 and the project budget, based on the Georgia Department of Transportation allocation and the city’s match from the general fund, is $336,990.

The bid was awarded to Sikes Brothers Paving for $343,044. The city approved the bid and $6,053 from SPLOST funds to make up for the net difference between the low bid and the project budget, instead of reducing the project’s scope. The work should be complete within the next 120 days, according to Barrow, though he did not give a start date. Streets include Deann Drive, Wellington Way and parts of Sandy Run Drive.

The second project is designed to make roads safer.

GDOT provided a crash summary report for Liberty County, identifying “intersections and corridors with the highest frequency for accidents,” according to the agenda item.

The project will including restriping about 26 miles of streets, “including nine streets identified on the GDOT Top 40 corridor lists for accidents,” the agenda said. Streets include Main Street, Pineland Avenue, Hendry Street and M.L. King Jr. Drive.

The total cost of the second project will be $165,364, with $115,754requested from GDOT and $49,609 from SPLOST. The council approved the request.

In other business, Paul Simonton with P.C. Simonton and Associates presented an update on the wastewater treatment plant. The project started in April.

He said the contractors are making progress and are now 30-40 days behind, an improvement from being 60 days behind when an update was presented last month.

Mayor Allen Brown said he would like to tour the plant soon with City Council to see the progress, and Simonton agreed.

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