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Staff file photo / Colbert Hollow Road is shown in a 2008 file photo. The road is among six repaving projects Catoosa County plans to complete in 2021 with funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation's Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Program.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is providing Catoosa County with funds to pave 6.79 miles of road this year through the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Program.

A percentage of the state's motor vehicle fuel tax goes toward the grant program, which provides annual funding to local governments for roadway improvements.

Catoosa County's 2021 LMIG of $708,837.40 requires a 30% match from the county in the amount of $212,651.22, Public Works project inspector Jeremy Bryson said.

The county will pay for its portion using special-purpose local option sales tax funds.

Commissioners unanimously approved the grant at the board's Dec. 15 meeting.

Roads to be resurfaced with the grant funds are Colbert Hollow Road from Highway 151 to McIntire Road; McIntire Road from Colbert Hollow Road to the Walker County line; Westbrook Road from Mt. Pisgah Road to West Nickajack Road; Prater Road from Mack Smith Road to Stateline Road; Keith Salem Road from Keith Road to Salem Valley Road; and South Wooten Road from Highway 151 to the Whitfield County line.

Commission Chairman Steven Henry said that most of the roads are in District 4.

Roads are chosen based on the county's roadway resurfacing program, which the county developed following officials' inspection of the county roadway system.

Construction on all of the projects is scheduled to begin in summer 2021.

Last year, Catoosa used a combination of its 2020 LMIG and 2019 SPLOST funds for nearly $2 million in repaving projects comprising all of Davis Ridge Road, North Beaumont Road and East Nickajack Road.

Email Emily Crisman at ecrisman@timesfreepress.com

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