County approves contractor to do work by the end of 2020
Session Hill community will see road and drainage improvements by the end of the year under the Transportation Investment Act (TIA).
Commissioners approved naming East Coast Asphalt of Douglas as the contractor for the project at a total cost of $883,717.34. East Coast submitted the low bid for the work.
Other bidders included Georgia Asphalt Producers of Odum at $913,969.86, Everett Dykes Grassing Company of Cochran at $1,024,049 and Seaboard Construction of Brunswick at $1,462,488.92.
Resurfacing and drainage improvements will be made to 21 streets and roads in the Session Hill community including Allen Avenue, Aurelia Street, Burroughs Street, Cherry Street, Eva Street, Fullmore Street, Fulton Street, Hall Street, Hendry Street, Lee Street, Leo Marshall Drive, Marshall Drive, Oak Street, Oden Street, Session Hill Lane, Simpson Street, Sycamore Street, Thomas Street, Watson Street, Willow’s Lane and Yeomans Street.
The project will be a joint undertaking between the county and the City of Blackshear. Some of the community lies in the city limits, while other parts are in the unincorporated area of the county.
The TIA projects are funded by the regional Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST)
Approved in May 2018, collection of the tax began in October of that year.
Pierce County is projected to receive up to $22,880,514 over the 10-year span of the tax. The tax is collected in the 18 counties of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission.
The project is part of a promise made and kept by County Manager Jason Rubenbauer and first district commissioner Harold Rozier Jr. Rozier who represents the community where the road work is slated to be done.
During a town hall meeting at the Session Hill Community Center two years ago, residents complained about the condition of their streets and roads.
Rubenbauer and Rozier promised those in attendance that every road in Session Hill Community would be resurfaced or repaired if the TSPLOST was approved by the voters.
Several TIA projects have been completed or are about to get underway in the county.
Improvements to Ware Street Extension were funded by the TSPLOST last year and work on St. Johns, Hacklebarney, Meadowwood and Old Alma Roads are under contract or being advertised for bids. Other Pierce County projects to be funded by the tax include U.S. Highway 84, County Farm Road, New School Road ($8,500,000), Golf Course Road ($3,408,000) and Patterson street resurfacing ($2.750 million).