DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A major highway in Dawson County is about to get a long-awaited and badly -needed makeover.
County Commissioners voted Thursday to move forward with a full-depth reclamation of Dawson Forest Road, awarding the contract to Blount Construction, the low bidder for $2,367,486.50. The work will be done in three segments. Segment 1 will begin at the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area property line and continue to State Route 9. Segment 2 runs from SR 9 the roundabout and Segment 3 will be from Power Center Drive to SR 53.
The road was constructed in the 1950’s. Several schools and one fire station are on the road. But county officials say it has a base failure of about 42 percent and poses a safety hazard.
A county-wide culvert assessment revealed that a 48-inch reinforced concrete pipe and a 60-inch coated corrugated metal pipe, both about 10-feet in length, also required major rehabilitation which led commissioners to approve the Dawson Forest Road pipe rehabilitation project. They awarded that contract to the low bidder, IPR Southeast, LLC, in the amount of $143,000. The project is to be coordinated with the road resurfacing project.
The work is scheduled to take place during daylight hours starting in July and be completed by the end of 2016.
In other business, commissioners approved:
A request by the Dawson County Civitan Club to allocate a space at Veterans Memorial Park for the club to donate and install new inclusive playground equipment to make the park more inclusive and easier for citizens with disabilities to access;
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between Lanier Technical College and Dawson County that provides that Dawson County Emergency Services will become a clinical site for Lanier Technical College’s EMT and Paramedic Students. The agreement gives the county an opportunity to evaluate students in training and to possibly identify future employees;
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Northeast Georgia Medical Center regarding data sharing for the purpose of attempting to improve outcomes for patents who suffer sudden cardiac arrest;
A MoU drafted by the City of Dawsonville that would provide employees of Dawson County Emergency Services continuity in how and when fire hydrants are inspected to comply with the current recommendations of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and he recommended approval.