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Thomasville, Thomas Co. leaders debate road repairs

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THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Thomas County leaders are trying to figure out how to improve a major road in the county with SPLOST funds from 2012.

The problem is, the city of Thomasville says it is their road. 

Nearly $5 million was set aside from the 2012 special purpose local option sales tax to improve Pinetree Boulevard. 

The improvements would stretch from Magnolia Street to West Jackson Street, adding a turn lane, sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs, and a roundabout.

With all the confusion about rights to the road, county leaders say they can't make the improvements they want, if it's owned by the city.

"You're right, but we promised the people we were going to do Pinetree Boulevard," said commissioner Moses Gross.

County leaders say they have the funding for the project, but haven't been able to complete it due to the ownership issues.

The county attorney is expected to officially address who owns the road at the road committee meeting next Wednesday.

If the road is, in fact, the city's, Thomas County Commissioners plan to use that $5 million for other road repairs.

The city also responded to the right-of-way issue. Read the full response below:

The City of Thomasville owns a majority of the Pinetree Boulevard right-of-way between West Jackson Street and Magnolia Street (approximately 1.3 miles). The City has approached the County about entering into an intergovernmental agreement that addresses the maintenance, care and law enforcement responsibilities for the southeastern half of Pinetree Boulevard from West Jackson Street to East Jackson Street (approximately 6 miles).

Once the Intergovernmental Agreement is approved by the City and the County, the City can make plans for maintenance, care and law enforcement responsibilities for portions of Pinetree Boulevard as defined in the agreement. - City Manager Steve Sykes

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