Toccoa to Re-surface 25 Streets

The city of Toccoa is looking to have 25 city streets re-surfaced this year using state and local funds.

Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved a project resolution to move forward with the street re-surfacing project.

Previously, city commissioners had approved a list of nine streets for re-surfacing this year with state funds.

Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said the city also has SPLOST money to re-pave 16 additional streets.

Morse said the best option would be to package all of the streets together as one package.

“We are asking approval to utilize KCI (out of Atlanta) to manage the LMIG (Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant) and SPLOST V re-surfacing projects and to bid both projects together in one package in hopes of reducing cost,” said Morse. “The total estimated cost is $984,633. We do have DOT funding in the way of LMIG funds. We also have available SPLOST V funds.”

The first group of streets already approved by commissioners included Fern Valley Drive, Fern Valley Circle, Wesley Drive, Beaverbrook Circle, Foxdale Drive, Foxdale Circle, Foxdale Court, Malik Drive, and Crestwood Drive.

Monday, commissioners approved the second list of streets, which includes Andrews Street, Alexander Street South, Bell Street, Central Street, Cross Creek Drive, Diagonal Street, Frankie Fleming Street, Grove Street, Henderson Street, Highland Avenue, Oak Street, Short Street, Spring Street East, Tallulah Street South, Whitman Street East, and Whitman Street West.

Morse said the plan is to get all of the work done later this year.

“The bid has to be run for four weeks,” said Morse. “I am hoping that by the end of summer, we will have a contractor on board and that would give them two or three months to get the work done and I think that is adequate time to get the work done this paving season.”

Morse said the city came up with the list of the streets to be re-surfaced this year by grading all of the roads in the city from poor to excellent condition and putting as many of the poor condition roads on the list as possible.

The city commission had previously reviewed the list of roads to be re-surfaced at a work session last month.