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Posted: February 13, 2011 12:30 a.m.

2011 SPLOST road projects to be discussed Tuesday night

The county will discuss Tuesday which road projects could be completed if the 2011 SPLOST is passed by voters.

The Newton County Board of Commissions will have a roads work session at 6 p.m., Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse. The 2011 SPLOST list contains $17.28 million in road projects.

Chairman Kathy Morgan will present a list of potential road projects totaling about $100 million. Many of the projects are included in the comprehensive transportation plan, which was approved by the board in October 2008, Morgan said Friday.

The list is so large because Morgan is looking for road projects that will receive either state or federal funding. Even when a county road project receives state or federal funding, the county is generally still required to pay part of the project cost, called a local match. Morgan recommends that the county use 2011 SPLOST money to cover matching costs as often as possible to complete the most projects with limited local money.

There are some road projects Morgan will place on the list that are not included in the county’s transportation plan and that would not receive state or federal funding. Livingston Lane and Moores Farm Road are two examples of local roads that also need to be repaired at some point, Morgan said.

Early voting for the 2011 SPLOST election has already started at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St. N.W. in Covington, and the election will take place March 15.

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