Dougherty Co. leaders apply for road project grants

Dougherty Co. leaders apply for road project grants
Dougherty County road project plans (Source: Dougherty County)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dougherty County commissioners are moving forward with a road drainage and infrastructure project.

The Dougherty County Commission approved the request to apply for Community Development Block Grants Monday during a special called meeting to help with those needs.

Officials said logistics on how it will be used are still being worked out. However, this grant will be more for drainage on roads.

“For Infrastructure projects that will alleviate flooding in 31701, 31705, 31707,” said Georgia Collier-Bolling, the Dougherty County disaster programs manager.

The county will go ahead and apply and submit that to the state. The end result will then be presented at a later commission meeting.

Officials said this is likely to be a collaborative effort between the City of Albany and Dougherty County.

On Monday night, Dougherty County commissioners also pushed forward on an almost $3 million road resurfacing project.

It was talked about during the same special called commission meeting.

During the meeting, commissioners accepted a list of roads for the project.

County officials plan to base the project on roads that need the most attention and are optimistic they will get the funds needed for the project.

“Very optimistic. We get it every year unless something happens to the state budget which I think it’s already been allocated. We shouldn’t have any problems,” said Jeremy Brown, the engineering manager for Dougherty County Public Works.

Almost 30 miles of roads made the list. Some of the roads that will get attention are Gravel Hill Road, Lilly Pond Road and Eight Mile Road, among several others.

This is being paid for through the fiscal year 2021 LMIG funds, TSPLOST and SPLOST funds, according to Monday’s agenda.

LMIG is a grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

If funding is granted, they are optimistic the project will kick off later this year.

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