County road paving projects underway, more scheduled

Published 7:10 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

County road paving projects are currently underway and more are scheduled.

During a recent work session, county engineers with Stantec updated the Warren County Board of Supervisors on the resurfacing projects and made recommendations on the fall paving projects totaling approximately $750,000.

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Currently, there are a dozen county roads being resurfaced based upon their condition rating after being evaluated earlier this year.

According to John McKee with Stantec, Plantation Drive, East Drive, Robinhood Road, Washington Circle, Walnut Circle, East Deer Cree Road, Goodrum Road, Pebble Beach Drive, Great Lake Road, East Pecan Tree Lane, Stratford Way and McAllister Circle are being paved or a portion of the road is being paved.

Among the roads recommended for paving include Campbell Swamp Road West, Floweree Road, Allen Place, Eagle Lake Shore Road, Redwood Road, Whitaker Road, Dogwood Lake Drive, Beverly Hills Circle, Haleys Point Road, Lena Drive, Willow Court and Fonnsylvania Road.

District 3 Supervisors Charles Selmon questioned why none of the roads in his district are scheduled for resurfacing. South Drive, Pleasant Valley Drive and Cross Drive – all in District 3 – are listed 45-47 on the list of paving recommendations based upon their rating.

“They’re paving the roads in the worst condition,” District 1 Supervisor John Arnold said. A majority of the scheduled road paving projects are in District 1.

“At some point we’ll get there,” McKee told Selmon.

“I certainly understand the logic, but we represent all Warren County citizens, whether they live on a heavily traveled road or not,” Selmon said.

Board president Richard George said it should be viewed from the perspective that not being high on the list is a good thing.

“You’re in better shape than the rest of us,” George, who represents District 5, said. “The condition of the road is the chief factor. Traffic is a consideration, but the number one issue is to be sure they’re passable. You inherited roads that have been done in the last three, four or five years. We’re dealing with roads that haven’t been touched in 30 years.”

Selmon said he understands that, but “constituents, whether their road is considered the poorest or the greatest, still want attention on their roads.”

The county is expected to advertise for bids on the fall road paving projects at the recommendation of the supervisors.