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Flowery Branch eyes 1st major resurfacing program
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Flowery Branch is looking to crank up what could be its biggest-ever road resurfacing program.

City Council voted Thursday night to approve a Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance Improvement Grant that, along with city money, will add up to $284,310 in downtown road improvements.

City Planner James Riker told the council that, according to Johnny Thomas, the city’s public works director, the city has repaved a total of .2 miles in city streets using state assistance or on its own in Thomas’ two decades on the job.

“The last resurfacing project that we did with (a state aid program) paved a total of 475 feet of Gainesville Street,” Riker said.

The program approved Thursday night calls for paving nearly 2.2 miles of pavement on Lorimar Court, Valley Forge Drive, Mitchell Street, Spring Street, Radford Road, Morrow Drive, Mooney Drive, Chestnut Street, Chattahoochee Street, Germantown Drive, Saratoga Drive and Independence Drive.

“If we continue at this pace, which we believe is perhaps doable with upcoming (local option sales tax) dollars that may come into the city, then we can assure that all of the roads within the city are at an appropriate level by 2025,” Riker said.

Talks between Hall County and its municipalities on how to share the LOST money have broken down and could be headed for “baseball arbitration,” where both parties would present their “best and final” offer. In that case, the judge would choose between the offers and the decision is final.

Mayor Mike Miller applauded the city’s move toward an aggressive road improvement plan.

“This is a great thing. We need to allocate at least that much every year,” he said as the council gave its OK.

Flowery Branch will join Oakwood in a joint bidding process for a road resurfacing contract.

Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has said the joint venture — an offer made to other similarly sized cities in Hall — could save the cities money and time.

It is “more efficient, if nothing else, from a contract administration standpoint and a bidding process,” Brown said.

He expects the joint project could be put out for bids in January or February, with a contract award by the end of February.

“And then, we’ll have a notice to proceed as soon as the weather (cooperates),” Brown said.

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