JASPER — Looking ahead to 2020, the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners are looking for a way to improve roadways throughout the county.
At the board’s Dec. 3 meeting, various road projects led to a discussion of devising a plan to improve Hamilton County roads.
District 1 Commissioner Beth Burnam suggested the board come up with a plan for those improvements with Josh Smith, the District 2 commissioner, suggesting that the commissioners submit areas of concern to County Coordinator Louie Goodin.
Smith said Goodin can then prioritize the roads that the county needs to maintain and improve and those roads can be addressed at the board’s first meeting in January.
Prior to that discussion, the board was updated on the Oak Street Project in Jennings which runs from County Road 150 to U.S. Hwy. 41. The cost for the project was estimated at roughly $420,000.
Burnam asked what would the cost be if the county were to complete the project in house instead.
Greg Bailey with North Florida Professional Services, the county’s engineer, said the cost would be roughly half if the county would do the work.
Bailey also told the board that replacing the bridge on SW 55th Drive will cost around $360,000 to $400,000. He said a need bridge is needed as there has been a substantial loss of integrity of the bridge due to the amount of load bearing traffic that has used the bridge over the years.
The board unanimously approved providing funding to replace the bridge.
A request from Jasper City Manager Marcus Collins to repave NW 6th Avenue in Jasper was also discussed. Bailey advised the board that it will cost approximately $14,500, which is 760 feet long and 18 feet wide. He said the City of Jasper offered to pay $4,000. There are 12 residents that live on 6th Avenue.
The county agreed to provide the labor, but the cost of materials to complete the job will need to be purchased by the city. District 5 Commissioner William Mitchell agreed to speak with Collins about that proposal.