Augusta, GA -
Augusta city leaders approved adding SPLOST 7 to the May Primary ballot, earlier this year. Tuesday evening, though, the Augusta Engineering Department’s plan to spend its allotment was voted down 5 to 4 by the Augusta Commission.
The section of sinking pavement on Wrightsboro Road between Highland Avenue and Marks Church Road is at the top of the list, when it comes to spending SPLOST money for Augusta's Engineering Department.
"Corrugated metal pipes failing after 5 to 10 years, and that's where we get a lot of our sinkholes from, so we have funding allotted for that and to us that's very important,” said Director of Engineering Abie Ladson.
Replacing and fixing failing pipes is included in plans for renewing main roads in the county.
"A lot of projects just consist of roadway resurfacing, roadway reconstruction, and drainage type projects," said Ladson.
Fixing drainage to stop the flooding in east Augusta and Hyde Park remains an important task, but the SPLOST fund won't cover the entire project.
"Even with the $50 million, a lot of these projects are partially funded, and they still will be partially funded, even if this passed today," said Ladson.
Several roundabouts on main roads are on the list of things to do, but will not be included in the SPLOST fund. Ladson is hoping the money will come from other sources.
The Engineering Department now has to come up with a new proposed list for Augusta Commissioners to approve before it can go on the May ballot. We will keep you updated on when that new project list is presented.