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CONYERS — The Conyers City Council was presented with several road resurfacing projects that will cost more than $2.3 million at its meeting Wednesday night.

Deputy Director of Public Works and Transportation Brian Frix presented the council with four neighborhoods and three roadways that his team has recently assessed and deemed as needing substantial work.

“Included in our 2020 resurfacing project are Northridge, Plantation Acres, Woodbridge and Woodland neighborhoods,” said Frix. “And the three local collector roads are East View Road right around Norton Road, Old Covington Highway right behind Home Depot and extends to Gees Mill and Sarasota Parkway, which serves Pratt Industries.”

After determining the local per unit price, the estimated price tag for these projects is $2.3 million, which will be paid mostly by city SPLOST reserves and in part by a Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant.

“This is probably one of the larger resurfacing contracts we have put out to date,” said Frix. “Our finance department has confirmed that this estimate is well within budget and assures that the funds will be available as we look for bids in the next few weeks.”

Frix explained that after completing exhaustive inspections, there will be several processes and methods used during these projects.

“Some of these roads will need to be pulverized where they will appear to be a gravel road for several days until it has cured and can be properly paved,” said Frix. “As we know, this can be inconvenient and messy but will cause no harm to vehicles by any means.”

Frix also said his department will do its best to notify residents and drivers via social media when the project dates get closer. “After we find a contractor, we are hoping to spend approximately six months completing all work.”

No action was needed for this update. The council will review bids when presented in the next few weeks.

“We need to keep the city going,” said Mayor Pro Tem and Council member Cleveland Stroud.

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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