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Posted: April 12, 2011 10:55 a.m.

Is your road scheduled for repavement?

With the weather warming, road paving will get underway Friday when the state begins resurfacing Ga. Highway 81 North from U.S. Highway 278 through Oxford to the Walton County line.

The 7.27-mile resurfacing of the much-used two lane highway is one of several local roads that the state will pave this year. Conyers-based Pittman Construction will handle all of the projects after winning the state's bid.

Pittman will pave 14 roads in Newton County. While the state will pay the for the $600,000 worth of resurfacing, the county will have to first patch any problem areas on the roads, which could cost as much as $500,000.
County officials said the weather has prevented the county from doing much patching so far in 2011. Because the patching must be done expeditiously, the county is seeking outside bids for a few of the roads, while the public works department will patch the rest.

Pittman will also pave 10 roads in Covington.

County Chairman Kathy Morgan and Covington Assistant Transportation Manager Terry Savage both said the paving projects should be completed within the next two months.

All paving is part of the state's annual paving funding program, the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant, known as LMIG.

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