THOMSON - Some McDuffie County roads are set to receive a new look sometime during the next few months.
The County Board of Commissioners awarded a $1.3 million repaving project to Reeves Construction Company at a meeting Wednesday. Several main roads throughout the county - including Ellington Airline, Lucky's Bridge, Dallas Drive, Old Washington and Old Milledgeville roads - will be repaved in an effort to make sure the roads are safe to navigate while improving their aesthetic value as well.
"There are 31.5 miles that we're going to resurface, and we have one road that we're going to be widening," said Director of Public Works Chris Pelly. "The roads are just old, and they're ready to be done. They're worn, and it's time to get it done before we start losing them completely. We feel this is in the best interest of the residents of McDuffie County."
Pelly estimated that the project could be done in three to four months, though at this stage it's still hard to tell when the work will be formally completed, due to uncontrollable factors such as weather.
Although the repaving plan is extensive, Pelly doesn't anticipate for there to be any significant road closures as a result.
"We shouldn't have to close any roads. The contractor's going to handle the traffic. We may have some roads that are going one way, but that's it. There may be some delays due to that, but other than that there won't really be any detours," he said.
Additionally, 12.5 miles of Highway 223 is also being resurfaced currently by the state. The affected road runs from Pumpkin Center in Columbia County to Main Street in Thomson.
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