Richmond County roads overdue for resurfacing

By: Kate Tillotson Email
By: Kate Tillotson Email

June 14, 2007, News 12 at 6 O'Clock

AUGUSTA, GA -- Fifty-eight roads in Richmond County may soon be getting resurfaced. It's part of a SPLOST funded project spearheaded by the Engineering Department.

Bob Jackson relies on his '83 Buick.

"I love it," he says.

For years he has used the trunk to carry his work equipment in but he says getting to work is a bumpy ride.

"Potholes, man hole covers sticking up high," Jackson says.

He tries to swerve but sometimes his muffler scrapes them. He hates it. And Jenkins Street is not the only road in need of repair.

We asked Director of Maintenance Dennis Stroud to meet with us. We drove to Tradd Court which is a road with a reputation for alligator cracking.

"Since we've moved here the road's just gotten terrible," says neighbor Charles Flynn. Mary Boles lives next door and says "Of course when it rains it really makes it look worse."

Stroud admits it needs help.

"When the rain gets down in there it weakens the sub-base and actually that's when the potholes start to form," he says.

It's why he placed Tradd Court on a list of roads in desperate need of resurfacing. It along with fifty-seven other roads, a total of nine miles
estimated at $140,000.

"In all the districts there are roads that need to be repaired. i just try to take the worst ones with the highest rating," Stroud says.

Neighbors are giving the taxpayer-funded project the green light.

"I don't mind that at all," says Flynn. "If they do it right."

"The streets are our only complaint in this neighborhood," says Boles. "Otherwise we love it."

To see the entire list of roads that need resurfacing, along with how they rank, click here.


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  • by CHARLES Location: WIDSOR SPRING RD. on Jun 18, 2007 at 04:29 AM
    DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH ABOUT ROAD WORK.APP 8 YEARS AGO THE DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTIFIED US THAT LIVE BETWEEN HYW 25 AND OLD LOUISVILLE RD.THAT THE INTERSECTION AT 25 AND WINDSOR SPRING WOULD BE CHANGED AND THAT WINDSOR SPRING RD FROM HWY 25 WOULD BE FOUR (4) LANED TO OLD LOUISVILLE RD.IF IT HAS I LIVE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD.I HAVE NOTIFIED DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMISSIONERS AND RECEIVED NO RESULTS.
  • by angry resident Location: hephzibah on Jun 15, 2007 at 08:17 AM
    Morgan Road DESPERATLY needs to be paved. So many people get flats trying to avoid all the pot holes. They keep patching them and they keep coming back even bigger. This road should have made the list! You can only put patches on top of patches,on top of patches for so long!!
  • by Denise Location: Old Savannah Road on Jun 14, 2007 at 05:54 PM
    This stretch of road from the railroad tracks on Old Savannah Road to the end of the neighborhoods is an accident waiting to happen. By trying to swerve the numerous pot holes, someone is either going to hit another car, passenger, or just tear the bottom from their car. Please help.
  • by Swerving Resident Location: Fort Gordon on Jun 14, 2007 at 02:25 PM
    Does the SPLOST funded project cover roads on Fort Gordon? It is part of Richmond County and some of the main roads desperately need repaving. I've seen holes get patched for over 2 years and from what I've been told, it goes back even longer than that.
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