T-SPLOST to Transform Deepstep Road

By: Elizabeth Jordan, Sandersville Progress
Staff Reporter

Orange cones and the smell of freshly poured asphalt will fill the atmosphere of Deepstep Rd. beginning in the next few weeks.
A kick-off celebration was held on May 12 along Deepstep Rd. for the resurfacing project that is fully funded through the Transportation Investment Act (TIA).
“You’re to be commended and congratulated, because a lot of hard work went into getting the one percent sales tax passed in the CSRA,” said DOT District Engineer Jimmy Smith.
The CSRA was one of three regions to pass the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST).
“This project goes from the Fall Line to the Baldwin County line,” said Smith, adding that there are areas of patching, deep-base patching, and resurfacing to give those traveling on Deepstep Rd. a “smooth riding surface.”
Smith went on to say that once completed, the roadway will become a local truck route.
District 2 Georgia DOT Board Member Jamie Boswell remarked that the project is estimated to cost $1.76 million.
“We’re off to a great start,” said Boswell. “We all know what transportation means for communities and for economics.”
Ben Tarbutton III was also at the celebration, and remarked that this was a long process, and one of the reasons that the T-SPLOST passed in the CSRA was because of a “great project list.”
Tarbutton commended Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Andrews and Washington County Board of Commissioners Chairman Horace Daniel for representing the area.
“They got Washington County two projects on the list including the resurfacing on Deepstep Rd. and the Sandersville-Tennille truck route,” said Tarbutton.
Tarbutton also thanked the citizens of Washington County for passing the T-SPLOST.
“Getting this TIA passed in the environment that we were in in 2012 was not easy,” said Tarbutton. “We had a good local platform.”
Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Andrews echoed Tarbutton’s comments, saying that it was a very special day for the community.
“This is one of the main roads of this county,” said Andrews.
Chairman of the County Commissioners Horace Daniel remarked that everyone worked hard on the project.
“We had a hard time in some areas because anytime you’re going to pass a tax, nobody’s going to like it,” said Daniel. “I don’t blame them. But if you’re going to have anything this day and time, everybody’s going to have to take a part of it.”
Mayor of Deepstep Randall Veal stated that the Town of Deepstep will reap the benefits of so many people’s hard work.
“Deepstep’s a very small community, but there’s a lot of activity on the road,” said Veal. “It’s very important to maintain it for safety reasons.”
Veal went on to say that the project will be money well spent.
Pittman Construction will work on the project. They estimate that the project will take approximately 120 days.


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