Following a vote by City Council on Monday night, the city of Oakwood will soon be responsible for maintaining 8.46 miles of Georgia Department of Transportation highways going through the city.
At its monthly meeting, Oakwood City Council approved a contract with the DOT that will require the city to maintain what City Manager Stan Brown said are primarily Atlanta Highway and Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.
“We will be responsible for the labor materials and equipment to do the mowing, upkeep of rights of way, shoulder maintenance, ditch cleaning, snow and ice removal, and maintaining and installing guardrails when necessary,” Brown said.
“We’ll also take care of any other pertinent maintenance needed to keep the roads in safe operating condition.”
According to the 12-month contract, the DOT will provide any needed guardrail materials for upkeep and continue to maintain signs and markings, road striping and bridge work, along with other substantial maintenance projects like road resurfacing. The DOT will pay Oakwood $3,500 per mile per year to cover maintenance costs.
Brown added that this will be the first maintenance contract executed within the DOT’s District 1 made up of Northeast Georgia.
“The DOT is starting to look at these maintenance contracts as an option for the cities that are willing to participate. It’s a way we can be compensated for our efforts, and it helps the DOT out because we look at all the miles of highway they have to maintain throughout the district, and it allows their workforce to extend further,” Brown said.
“The driving public wants to see roads in good condition and picked up, and I don’t think they have a preference of whether it’s maintained by the city of Oakwood or the DOT.”
City Council also approved a contract with Hawkins & McNair to begin the audit of Oakwood’s fiscal year 2012, which ran January to December.