The city of Carrollton this year funded more than 15 construction projects ranging from $200,000 to around $1 million. Some of the projects have been completed while others will be finished in 2018.
Carrollton City Manager Tim Grizzard last week reviewed those projects with the Times-Georgian.
Among the approvals in 2017 was the funding for the West Georgia Regional Library renovation. Overall, the project is estimated to cost $4.5 million, with $1 million of that being the responsibility of the city. The project is under design by Houser Walker and is expected to bid prior to the end of 2017.
The $950,000 Ben Scott Boulevard culvert repairs on the Carrollton City Schools campus as well as the $370,000 Almon Road culvert headwalls accounted for more than $1.3 million.
The Ben Scott project was constructed by Lewallen Construction Company and managed by City Engineer Tommy Holland and the city engineering department.
“It was funded by both the city of Carrollton and the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” Grizzard said. “These new, properly sized culverts will eliminate flooding on this vital artery to our city school complex.”
The Almon Road culvert headwalls project was constructed by Carl Owens Construction and managed by Holland and the city.
“This project re-set existing concrete piping and installed concrete headwalls to properly secure this essential stormwater conveyance structure,” Grizzard said.
A project Carrollton residents took particular interest in was the Croft Street Bridge repair that cost the city $220,000.
“The responsibility for the maintenance of this bridge was accepted by the previous administration in exchange for ownership of the depot,” Grizzard said. “In the fall of 2016, the bridge was closed by Georgia Department of Transportation due to problems with a support beam. Due to the difficulty in obtaining a permit from the railroad, the city was forced to make substantial upgrades to the configuration of this bridge. This work was performed by GRC Stonewater of Carrollton who has successfully performed railroad bridge work for the city in the past.”
The Hay’s Mill guardrails cost the city $327,000. That project was awarded to Lewallen Construction and was majority-funded by the Georgia DOT. It installed guardrails and beautified concrete parapet walls at the box culverts on Hay’s Mill Road.
“This not only protects the automobile passengers and drivers but also protects the GreenBelt users that might be below the shoulder if an automobile were to plunge off the roadway,” said Grizzard.
Fire Station No. 21 on Lovvorn Road and University Drive was an unexpected project that came about in 2017, and ultimately cost the city $1.485 million. That project is under construction by J&R Construction of Carrollton and will be a much-needed upgrade over the old station that was destroyed by a tornado earlier this year.
The wastewater treatment plant grit removal system project cost $1.435 million and was awarded to Willow Construction of Villa Rica. The work involved the replacement of portions of the headworks of the wastewater plant which is located off Wolves Drive adjacent to the University of West Georgia campus.
The Maple/Alabama Street realignment will cost $625,000. This project was awarded to Jackson Paving of Douglasville.
“We eliminated the signal at Barnes and Alabama Streets, reconfigured Presbyterian Avenue to a one-way street for most of its length, and made both Maple and Barnes Streets right-in/right-out at their Alabama Street connections,” Grizzard said. “The Alabama Street sidewalks is $300,000. This project was constructed by Lewallen Construction Company and managed by the city engineering department. It installed much needed sidewalks along Alabama Street from Fourth Street to Columbia Drive. A dangerous situation was much improved by creating a hard surface for pedestrians to walk so that they should no longer walk in the street.”
The sidewalk and storm drain repairs have cost the city $450,000 to date. They are being constructed by Georgia-Alabama Woodlands and managed by the city engineering department.
Roadway patching has cost the city $256,000 to date. They are being constructed by McIntosh Specialty Services and managed by both the city’s street department and engineering department.
The city spent $623,000 on asphalt milling and resurfacing in the past year, most managed by the city’s engineering department and constructed by Jackson Paving.
The Parks and Recreation Department got a new maintenance building at a cost of $250,000.
“It was constructed by various sub-contractors including McIntosh Specialty Services, Georgia-Alabama Woodlands, Labor Unlimited, JFS Construction, and Southern Metal Structures and managed by the city engineering department,” Grizzard said. “The original building for this function was the old airport hanger which burned down in early 2017. A much safer and more modern structure has been built in its place. This building was financed almost entirely by the city’s catastrophic loss insurance reimbursement.”
Storm pipe repairs cost the city $200,000 in a project awarded to Carl Owens Construction and managed by the city engineering department.
The sanitary sewer rehabilitation costs were $845,000 with construction by 3 Rivers Utilities and managed by the city’s systems upkeep department and the city engineering department.
Water and sewer pipeline extension and repair costs were $354,000 awarded to Robinson Utility Construction and managed by both the city systems upkeep department and the city engineering department.
Emergency standby generators were $844,000 and constructed by West Georgia Electric and managed by both the water and wastewater operations department and the city engineering department. This project was funded by both the city of Carrollton and FEMA.