Construction work will begin on Monday, March 8, 2010, on the second road project in Walker County, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project includes 1.6 miles of resurfacing on McFarland Avenue in the city of Rossville. The first stimulus funded project in the county was the resurfacing of State Route 1 Business in the city of Lafayette, on which work began mid-September 2009.

Contractor for this second project, Northwest Georgia Inc. of Calhoun, will start the resurfacing of McFarland Avenue by working daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on installing wheel chair ramps. This operation is expected to take 2-3 weeks to complete. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2010, at a construction cost of close to half a million dollars.

The resurfacing of McFarland Avenue in Rossville is among 16 ARRA funded highway projects in Northwest Georgia. Cumulatively, they are valued at over $48 million. They range from adding turn lanes on U.S. 41 in Bartow County, and resurfacing Interstate 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties, to improving the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Pine Grove Road in Catoosa County, and replacing the bridge on County Line Road over Polecat Creek on the line between Gordon and Murray counties.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for 70 percent of Georgia’s $932 million in highway system stimulus funds. The remaining 30 percent goes to the state’s 15 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), which are funding projects directly from their respective allocations. The state also is receiving $144 million in stimulus funds for public transit and is eligible for additional highway, rail and aviation grants from funds totaling $12.1 billion.

The ARRA is a national effort to create jobs and transform America’s economy to compete in the 21st century. Nationwide, some $48 billion in stimulus investments are being made in transportation infrastructure, including highways, public transit, high speed rail and aviation. As noted previously, Georgia DOT has created a Web page ( devoted to stimulus activities to provide specific program information and promote transparency of the process.


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