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County gains $600K for I-20 ramp beautification, fence repairs
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Rockdale County recently announced a $600,000 grant from the Ga. Department of Transportation for the landscaping of Interstate 20 ramps in the county and to repair fencing along the access roads.

The ramp beautifications, at the Salem Road and Sigman Road exits, would be similar to the changes made at Ga. Highway 138 ramps. 

The funds will also be used to repair or replace chain-link fencing along the access roads that run parallel with I-20 that has been damaged over time, stretching from Salem Road to Sigman Road, said Transportation Director Miguel Valentine.

The $600,000 grant would not require matching funds from the county.

The County has worked for several years to try to have GDOT repair the fencing along Interstate 20. This grant award will allow the County to complete both of these projects.

“I’m excited we’re bringing more resources into our community to improve the feel of an area that usually has no décor or specific identity,” Chairman Richard Oden said in a released statement

“We’re grateful to have been selected for this considering how tough grant dollars are to come by these days.”

He said the landscaping project will make Rockdale stand out and look distinctive as both visitors and residents travel through the county on Interstate 20.

“This is a very substantial grant, and it is the first time this particular funding source has been awarded to the County,” Valentin said in a released statement.

He lauded the Chairman for his efforts in obtaining the grant during the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday evening.