Lavonia Still Looking At Work on Streets and Sidewalks

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The City of Lavonia continues to work on plans to make some improvements to streets and sidewalks in its downtown area.

At its work session last week, the Lavonia City Council discussed repaving the streets on the square and around the railroad tracks in downtown.

Some of that paving work is actually starting next week, according to Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman, who said the city will do the repaving in stages using SPLOST funds.

Another project that is in the works is the leveling out and lowering of some of the sidewalks in downtown Lavonia.

Fesperman said the city continues to work on how that project could be done.

“We’ve got a lot of issues with the sidewalks in downtown Lavonia,” Fesperman said. “Most of the issue is the height of some of the sidewalks and the bump outs that were put in years ago.”

Last fall, representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation and consultants with Moreland Altobelli Engineering in Norcross were in Lavonia to take a walking tour of the downtown area.

According to Fesperman, the engineering report is just about complete.

He said he would like to have work on the sidewalks coincide with work the Georgia Department of Transportation is planning at the intersection of State Routes 17 and 59.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to upgrade the intersection at State Routes 17 and 59 in downtown Lavonia to include a left-turn lane and buttons for the pedestrian crosswalks.

Lavonia is using funds from a T-grant to help pay for the sidewalk project. The city is also eligible for a $200,000 grant from GDOT, but must come up with a 20 percent match of $50,000.