Criteria set for paving gravel roads
The Coweta County Commission set criteria for paving gravel roads at its January 3, 2008 meeting. A committee had met and reviewed the issues. That committee submitted criteria that were approved unanimously by the commission.
Some of the criteria are:
- Road shall be an existing County maintained road. No private roads accepted.
- There must be a minimum of 75 vehicles trips per day to qualify
- At least 80% of the required right-of-way must be donated. County must be willing to condemn the balance if necessary.
- Property owners will be asked to be responsible for removal of any encroachment in the donated right-of-way. This could be a point of negotiation for staff.
- There must be one existing house for every 500 ft. of roadway. On a through road, house counts may not be applicable.
- The utility relocation costs must not exceed 50% of the paving cost.
Many facts and issues were considered in the development of this policy, including:
- There are 137 dirt/gravel roads in Coweta County, totaling about 64 miles (1/3/08)
- Paving is never going to be less expensive than maintaining a gravel road.
- With annual maintenance and dust control, it would take 18 years to recover the initial cost.
- Paving materials cost about $180,000 per mile, however with the additional costs of utility relocations, the overall cost can be around $500,000 per mile.