A new batch of repairs and improvements to several roads in and around Holly Springs could be on the way, with some of them pending approval from Cherokee County as part of an annual program.
As a part of the Cherokee County 2021 Resurfacing Program, there are three roads in the county, including a portion of East Cherokee Drive in Holly Springs, that could be improved and resurfaced, according to Holly Springs City Manager Rob Logan.
The county is starting the bidding process for this program, according to local officials. The engineer’s estimate for the cost of the program totals over $2.98 million for the resurfacing of three major roads. These roads are East Cherokee Drive, Batesville Road, Mill Creek Road, and 15 roads in the Bridgemill subdivision.
Holly Springs maintains about 0.3 miles of East Cherokee Drive south of the Hickory Road intersection. The resurfacing and repair of the Holly Springs-owned area of East Cherokee Drive is projected to cost the city $71,467.
Logan said Tuesday that he and Geoff Morton, Cherokee County community development agency director, recently discussed adding the county portion of Bradshaw Lane, which is located in Holly Springs, to the improvements project.
Morton said Friday the county will receive bids for the project later this month. The project is expected to be awarded during the county commission's second meeting in May, and the county and city will work together on it through an agreement. The Holly Springs council will review the request to add Bradshaw Lane to the project on May 3.
The project is expected to begin this summer, with no end date yet determined. There are currently no plans to close the roads expected to be resurfaced, however, motorists should expect delays, Logan said.
The city council also discussed and approved additional road repairs slated for Holly Springs.
Logan said additional roads that will receive repairs and resurfacing within the city this year include Bradshaw Lane, Childers Academic Circle, and Barrett Road. Other road repairs include Park Lane, Joseph Street and Apache Drive, all located in the Barrett Farms neighborhood.
These improvements are a part of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s 2021 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant, which outlines roads that will receive improvements within Georgia this year. Holly Springs received $142,030 from the grant. Logan said these streets in Holly Springs were rated by the city’s engineering firm, BM&K Construction and Engineering, and were recommended for inclusion in the 2021 grant project list for repair and resurfacing. The city is looking to have East Coast Grading Inc. do the work on the listed streets for $258,027.74.
Logan said no road closures will be scheduled because of the project, and all work will be completed by the end of June. Motorists should expect minimal delays during the paving project, he added.