A Calhoun-based company was recently awarded a contract by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to resurface about 1.8 miles of Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville.
Northwest Georgia Paving Inc. has been tasked with the $1.7 million project, which would repave a portion of US 41 stretching from Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to just south of Peachtree Street.
"The project includes nearly two miles of milling, inlay and plant mix resurfacing on this major arterial," said GDOT spokesman Mohamed Arafa. "The District [Maintenance] Office evaluated the asphalt pavement condition of this portion of US 41 using the Pavement Condition Evaluation System (PACES) and recommended it be resurfaced to improve its relatively low PACES rating [of 66]."
While July 2019 is being targeted as the project's completion date, Arafa said it's a bit too early to determine when construction will officially begin.
"Once the contractor's staff receive our notice to proceed, they will coordinate with our project manager and put together a construction plan that usually includes at what end of the project work will start and the lane closures," he said.
At the moment, Arafa said he doesn't know if the resurfacing project will necessitate time restrictions, nor does he know if the construction will be limited to nighttime or weekends-only repaving.
"We will know the start date at least two weeks in advance," he said. "We will be able then to let the public know what to expect on the road ahead in terms of lane closures and any other traffic interruptions on the highway resulting from the construction work."
With the exclusively state-funded project targeting one of the most congested roadways in the county — the stretch of US 41 included in the resurfacing plan includes the section where Main Street intersects with Joe Frank Harris Parkway, among other heavily-used junctions — Arafa said GDOT is taking precautions to limit the project's effects on motorists.
"We will certainly make every effort to minimize the impact on the heavy traffic on this portion of US 41," he said.
GDOT's announcement comes just a few weeks after Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. received a $3.2 million contract to resurface about 10.8 miles of US 41 extending from Piedmont Avenue in Adairsville to north of the US 41/US 411 interchange around Kingston Highway.
"Other portions of US 41 in Bartow County are being paved as parts of other widening and/or reconstruction projects in the area or will be soon resurfaced," Arafa said.
Infrastructural improvement projects of the like, Arafa said, aren't just vital to maintaining the quality of the county's roadways — he also said they are needed to maintain its quality of life.
"GDOT District 6’s Maintenance Office regularly conducts asphalt pavement condition evaluations of all our highways in order to enhance pavement preservation," he said. "Transportation and infrastructure projects like this one, of course, continue to positively influence the lives of all Bartow County’s residents while helping to pave the way to a brighter future for this fast growing county."