THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - After much debate, a plan may finally be in the works to upgrade Pinetree Boulevard in Thomas County.
Tax payers actually voted to pass a Special Purpose Local Option Sales tax back in 2012 to fix the road, but the Thomasville City Council and Thomas County Commission have been debating how to fix it since.
"My motion is to approve the major to assign communication between the Georgia Department of Transportation and Thomasville," said Max Beverly, Council member.
The clock is ticking, there are now nine days for the City of Thomasville and Thomas County leaders to secure $3 million from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Pinetree Blvd. project.
"In two weeks we have to have an agreement in place?" asked Greg Hobbs.
"Yes, just not all the engineering in place," said Beverly.
The popular Thomasville road in now is a popular topic among elected officials.
Nearly $5 million was set aside from the 2012 special purpose local option sales tax to improve South Pinetree Boulevard.
After ownership issues and project idea differences between the city and the county, it's been a highly debated topic.
This GDOT Grant has put more pressure on these two groups to come together and form a plan.
"I can tell you option 2 is looking pretty sensible. But it's going to take the county commissioners to support us," said Beverly.
At a city council workshop, three ideas were placed in front of council members.
- Option 1 - The county's original plan, a three lane road including a turn lane, curb and gutter improvements, and a 10-foot sidewalk on one side of the road.
- Option 2 - A new city plan with two lanes, with a paved shoulder and curb and gutter, also with the sidewalk.
- Option 3 - A two-lane road, with a paved shoulder and a sidewalk, without curb and gutter,
"It's about half a million dollar difference between option 1 and 2," said Steve Sykes, City Manager.
"Plus, right of way acquisition," said Beverly.
The biggest cost to the city will be to move their utilities back from the road but council members agreed that option two was the best option for them.
"Job well done by the city and the county," said Hobbs.
A resolution was passed by the city council members Monday to give the city right of way to Pinetree Boulevard from West Jackson to East Jackson Street.
Also part of that resolution was the county's right of way for East Jackson back around to West Jackson Street.
The boulevard goes in a circle around the city for about 15 miles, both governments would own half of the boulevard under this resolution.
The county will review the city's plan and resolution at their meeting on Thursday.
If that is approved they can begin to draft an acceptance letter to GDOT.
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