The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission had set aside funds for a transportation survey that was never completed. Instead of sending the money back to the state, they are giving it to the county to use for transportation projects.
The $457,000 will be used to do maintenance, including striping, paving, and leveling, on Keith and Poplar Springs roads.
Maintenance will be performed on the 3.5 miles of Poplar Springs Road between Three Notch Road and Inter-state 75 and on the 2.5 miles of Keith Road between Ga. 2 and the bridge over Tiger Creek.
These funds, county manager Mike Helton said at the Jan. 5 commissioners’ meeting, will allow the county to free up some of money allocated for the striping project that is under way. This money could be used to stripe more roads or to fund other projects.
Also, the county’s proposal to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been approved. The county will receive $468,000 from FEMA to cover the damage caused by the flooding at the end of September.
The majority of the money will go towards the construction project on Mt. Pisgah Road in Ringgold.
At the Jan. 5 meeting, Helton said he doesn’t expect the funds to arrive for another 60 days. FEMA routes the money through the state emergency management agency, which slows the process down, he said.