THOMASVILLE — A South Pinetree Boulevard improvement project that stirred controversy and emotions is set to begin in January.
Some residents wanted more traffic and turn lanes. Others wanted the historic road to remain two lanes.
A $3 million Georgia Department of Transportation grant was available to pay for the work if local governing bodies could agree on a plan. Residents spoke out at public meetings.
The Scruggs Company, one of two bidders on the project, submitted a $2.7 million bid that was accepted by Thomasville City Council.
"We anticipate construction to start in January," said Chris White, city executive director/public utilities.
The South Pinetree project — between West Jackson Street and Old Monticello Road — includes:
• Sidewalk on the north side between Eugene Collins and Magnolia roads
• Widening to accommodate turn lanes at intersections with West Jackson, South Martin Luther King Drive and the Southwestern State Hospital entrance
• A roundabout at South Pinetree's intersection with Magnolia.
The bid was awarded as one contract with a 120-day consecutive calendar day construction schedule, depending on the weather, White said.
"We've got three projects in one," White said, in reference to a South Pinetree infrastructure improvement and upgraded lift stations elsewhere in the city.
A water main is being replaced along South Pinetree from West Jackson to Millpond Road. A Georgia Environmental Financing Authority grant of $2.5 million is funding the South Pinetree water main project, along with water main improvements in other city locations.
Two lift stations are being upgraded — one at Old Monticello Road and Pinetree Boulevard and another on South Pinetree — at a cost of $644,000. The project is a budgeted sewer fund expenditure.
Lift stations pump sewage where there is no gravity flow, White said.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820