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GDOT helps fund road improvements in Brooks County

Ben DeVane Ben DeVane
A yellow road stripe on Tallokas Road that in need of repainting A yellow road stripe on Tallokas Road that in need of repainting
The Brooks County Administration Building The Brooks County Administration Building
BROOKS CO., GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved $166, 145 dollars from its Special Action Program to be used on nine roads to repaint the white and yellow striping and add reflective road signs and stop bars.

"It's a program to help the counties and or cities with safety features on their highways and streets," said Ben DeVane, Brooks County Engineer. 

Devane says the biggest problem is the white and yellow striping that mark the center and edges of the roads. When visibility is bad, such as at night or during a rain storm, the stripes are hard to see because they've become worn down and the county doesn't have the money to fix them.

The three areas that will receive the most attention are an 8.8 mi. section of Empress Road, a 4.4 mile section of Tallokas Road and a nearly 5 mile stretch of Nankin Road.

"We have citizens come in to the county meetings occasionally and we had some mention certain roads that needed work, needed some striping. Of course, we go through this process to get it done," DeVane pointed out.

Devane says the county tries to do this type of repair work about every two years, but without the Department of Transportation's funding that likely wouldn't be possible.

"All the budgets are down, the sales tax income is considerably off of what the county administrator tells me it is...this is a program in such need that the state puts up the money to get it done," DeVane explained.

Money that will hopefully reduce accidents and ultimately save lives.

Devane says all the repairs should be completed in about 5-6 months.

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