Unincorporated Chatham County has approximately 350 miles of roads to maintain. SPLOST law was changed with the enactment of Sales Tax V that allowed for the resurfacing of existing roadways. The State provides the County with Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds each year that we use for resurfacing of roads. The LMIG program requires that for each 70 cents of State LMIG funds, the County provide 30 cents of local SPLOST funds. This total amount is then generally used to determine how much resurfacing is completed each year. The Department of Engineering hired a company in 2022 that has recently driven all of our paved roads with a van equipped with cameras, lasers and various detection devices that record and measure each crack and pothole. From this data, they will provide us with a report of the condition of each road. The contract also includes a five year maintenace plan to help us determine which roads to resurface first and recommend other maintenance activities to help us manage and maintain our roadway pavements. We expect the final report to be completed by the end of 2023.
Attached to your left you will find a list of roads included in the 2023 resurfacing contract. The contract was submitted by the Department of Engineering in June and approved by the Board of Commissioners on September 8, 2023. Resufacing of those roads will be completed in the spring of 2024. The roads on the list for 2024 should go out for bid in the fall of 2024 for completion in the spring of 2025.