By Jason DeShazo
Bullock County Engineer, Jason DeShazo, presents this report on work done on the Bullock County road and bridge system for the past year. One of the primary responsibilities of the Bullock County Commission is the maintenance of the county's road and bridge system.
The county road and bridge inventory include approximately 316 miles of paved roads, 65 miles of unpaved roads, and 76 bridge structures. The primary source of road and bridge maintenance funding is through gasoline and fuel taxes.
The recent state gasoline and fuel tax increase will bring in approximately $600,000 for county road and bridge maintenance. Prior to this tax increase, the last state gasoline and fuel tax increase occurred in 1992.
Depending on road conditions, widening/resurfacing costs may range from $100,000 to almost $200,000 per centerline mile.
In the past year, several road and bridge improvement projects have been completed. The bridges on CR-165 over Williams Creek and Olde Town Creek had concrete encasements extended, riprap added within the bridge footprint, and the existing guardrail replaced.
This will lengthen the life of the bridges and meet current guardrail standards. Several roads have been paved/resurfaced recently, including Cornerstone Rd. (3.4 miles), CR-106 (2.3 miles), and 0.6 miles of CR-165 for a total of 6.3 miles.
The cost of all these completed improvements is approximately $1,500,000. We currently have a guardrail replacement project underway at the two bridges on St; Mark Church Rd. in the northeast part of the county.
This project is funded through a 90% federal and 10% local cost split and is expected to be completed in September.
This project will include the removal of the existing guardrail and its replacement with guardrail and end anchors that meet current standards. The widening and resurfacing of Lee Loop Rd (3.5 miles) is expected to begin later this year.
Within the past few months, multiple grant applications have been submitted for over $900,000 of funding for the resurfacing of Great Hope Rd, six roads in the Ponderosa community area, and other various county roads.
The lengths for these roads total over 16 miles. If the funding applications are approved, work on these projects will likely begin next year.