Some residential streets in Ball Ground will soon be easier to drive on, thanks in part to an agreement between the city and Cherokee County.
The Ball Ground City Council unanimously approved expanding an agreement with the county, adding additional streets for resurfacing.
A representative of the city did not immediately respond to an inquiry on when the resurfacing will be complete.
Last year, Ball Ground entered an agreement with the county to resurface 1.1 miles of Old Canton Road, City Manager Eric Wilmarth told council members earlier this month. The new agreement adds Northridge Road, Lowry Street and Densmore Street, which have problems with tree root growth, Wilmarth said.
The county will do the work on the three streets under the city’s budget by just over $14,000, the city manager said.
“Upon approval by mayor and council, they will do Northridge Road for $7,065. We have it in our capital improvement plan at $10,000. They will do Lowry Street for $9,838. It’s in the capital improvement plan at $15,000. They will do Densmore Street for $9,092, also in the capital improvement plan at $15,000,” he said. “This is an opportunity to exercise some savings because the milling machine and heavy equipment that we typically pay mobilization fees for is already on site engaged in another project.”
Mayor Rick Roberts said the roots had made it “pretty miserable to drive on these streets.”
“It is a good idea to take the opportunity to save money to fix this stuff,” he said.
Along with the road resurfacing on these three streets, Wilmarth said Bartow Paving had agreed to waive its mobilization fees when work crews would be in town in the near future to improve the railroad crossing on Depot Street, as the company would be coming from a nearby project of a similar scope. Wilmarth said the price for this project would be brought before the council to vote upon at a future meeting.
“That’s an extremely rough crossing that we get a lot of complaints on,” he said.