published Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Catoosa County OKs several road projects; Dietz Road will get complete repaving

Dietz Road, one of Catoosa County's busier roads, is getting a full makeover.

The county in mid-August hired Talley Construction Co. of Rossville for $400,479 to redo an 800-foot stretch of Dietz Road south of Cloud Springs Road to lower a hill there and improve drivers' sight lines. That work is under way.

Now more work is scheduled. Catoosa County commissioners voted unanimously this past week to pay Talley an additional $184,625 to resurface Dietz Road from Cloud Springs Road all the way to Battlefield Parkway.

"So the whole road will be a new road," county Projects Administrator Christal Thomas said.

Funding comes from the 2009 special purpose local option sales tax, a voter-approved levy of 1 cent per $1 of sales.

Commissioners made two requests as they approved the additional Dietz Road work at their Sept. 3 meeting.

Commission Chairman Keith Greene wants heavy trucks routed away from Dietz Road.

"That's something that I'd like to see, that we put some restrictions on weight," Greene said. "That goes for all new roads that we're putting in. We've done several roads that I'm already seeing damage on."

Commissioner Bobby Winters wanted an old culvert on Dietz Road inspected.

"There's a culvert there that was probably put there during the Civil War," he said.

Commissioners also approved other road work.

• Burning Bush Road guardrail replacement: The county will pay $37,791 to Martin-Robbins Fence Co. of Snellville, Ga., to replace a guardrail in the 700 block of Burning Bush Road just before Rolling Hills subdivision.

"It's just an old, old guardrail that needs to be replaced," Thomas said. "It's been patched and patched."

Work should start around the end of September or early October, she said.

• Greystone and Misty Ridge subdivisions: Greystone Drive in the northern part of the county off Cherokee Valley Road and Misty Ridge Lane off Deadmon Drive in the southern part of the county will be redone using a process called full-depth reclamation, in which the existing asphalt pavement will be pulverized and remixed and then covered with concrete to make a new road.

"It's a very cool process in which they recycle the material and reuse it," Thomas said.

The county will pay $509,522 to Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. to do the work.

Contact staff writer Tim Omarzu at

tomarzu@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6651.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...

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