The grant covers 5.58 miles of roadway patching and resurfacing on Ross Hollow Road, Twin Cedars Road and Mount Vernon Road in Catoosa County. It includes 1.39 miles of resurfacing on Ross Hollow Road, beginning at U.S. Highway 41 and extending to Dug Road; 1.52 miles of single layer surface treatment on Twin Cedars Road, beginning at Long Hollow Road and extending to Highway 27 and 2.67 miles of patching and resurfacing on Mount Vernon Road, beginning at Keith Road and extending to the Catoosa/Whitfield County line.
Unincorporated Walker County
Roughly 40 miles of striping and resurfacing on the following county roads: Carline Road, Hogan Road, Ridgeland Road, Camp Road, Barfield Road, West Oakton Road, Abney Hollow Road, Kay Conley Road, Hankins Road, Durham Road, Cannon Drive, Lower Mill Creek Road, Stoker Street, Adam Drive, Japonica Drive, Mountain View Drive, Chamberlain Road, Tatum Road, North Marble Top, Landfill Road, Shinebone Valley Road, Stephens Lane and Trion Highway.
Resurface Warthen Street from North Main Street to the Bypass, Lawrence Street from Highway 27 to Abney Street, Abney Street from Warthen Street to East Indiana Street, E Indiana Street from North Duke Street to Abney Street.
Unincorporated Whitfield County
Airport Road from State Route 3 to the county line: 2.93 miles; South Dixie Highway from Dalton City limits to the South Bypass: 4.36 miles; Beaverdale Road NE from SR 71 to Lake Francis Road: 2.87 miles. Beaverdale Road from Lake Francis Road to Riverdale Road: 3.49 miles. South Dug Gap Road from end of old two-lane section to Cove Drive: 0.7 miles.
Milling, resurfacing, striping and installation of thermoplastic raised pavement markings on Tibbs Road, beginning at West Emery Street and extending to just south of Shugart Road for a distance of 0.935 mile; and on Abutment Road from Callan Road to Industrial Boulevard, for 1.58 miles.
The grant covers 6.26 miles of paving and striping on Norton Road, Davis Road, Adams Road, Centerpost Road, Stenitt Road, Josh Ward Road, Red Oak Road and Atlantic Avenue.
A portion of the gasoline tax that Georgia drivers pay at the pump is coming back to area communities in the form of local road improvements.
The Georgia Department of Transportation recently announced which local road projects were chosen for the Department of Transportation's Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Program.
"Transportation improvements like these continue to positively influence the lives of ... residents," State Transportation Board member Roger Williams, who represents the 14th Congressional District, said in a statement.
Under the grant program, known as LMIG, local governments send the state a list of projects, and officials pick the ones to be funded.
The transportation department distributes between 10 and 20 percent of the state motor fuel taxes collected in the preceding fiscal year. Funds are distributed to local governments by a formula based on population and local road mileage. LMIG money can be rolled over for three fiscal years to assist with funding more expensive projects.
Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.