Why Jasper County Needs Better Road
date: April 23, 2005
Why Jasper County needs better Road Standards
This coming Thursday
night, April 28, the Planning & Zoning Board will meet at 7:00pm and
will again request comments from the citizens about revised
Development and Zoning Ordinances. With developers building more
roads, we need strict rules as to how the roads will be built and
how long those roads will have to be bonded and maintained by the
developer before the county and the taxpayers take over the
Such things as the Base
Course Materials, Construction Methods, Roadway grading and
embankments, Preparation of the Subgrade, and Preparation of the
Aggregate Base course should all be regulated. Testing of the depth
and compaction of the road should also be regulated, and the base
and pavement should be required to have a certain thickness. There
should also be sort type of “roll test” to ensure a maximum
tolerance of settling and the absence of any cracking prior to
paving. Someone who is certified to do this testing should certify
embankments, subgrades, and base course—not by just any county
employee that’s been designated. Certifications must contain all
test data and results to support certification. There should also
be seasonal limits placed on when roadway construction can occur.
The Georgia DOT has paving installation standards pertaining to
temperature and weather conditions that should be used by Jasper
Why would all these new
rules benefit us as taxpayers, and benefit the County as a whole?
Here are some pictures to help you see why.
There was a road built
within the last 3-4 years, maybe not that long ago. Its name is
Liberty Drive. It is located off Liberty Church Rd.
Why do we need to worry
about regulating embankments?
Because the sides of the
roads end up looking like this picture in a very short period of
Is the County
responsible for maintaining and repairing the sides of the road too?
Why do we need a roll
test, compaction tests, grading and preparation tests?
Because within a short
period of time the roads crack, settle, have dips and potholes.
This is the cul-de-sac (end of the road) on Liberty Dr. It won’t be
long and the County will have to come out and repair. The developer
has made his money; we’ll continue to pay for it. You might be
surprised when you find out who did this road.
Here’s what Liberty
Drive looks like today.
Erosion, cracks, dips,
and there are problems where the driveways come out onto the road
because of the erosion.
We hope you’ll attend
the Planning and Zoning meeting or at least call or fax them your
suggestions. We are not for a lot of government regulation, but in
this case, we are all picking up the tab while someone else walks
away with money in their pocket.
There will be something
already written for the public to review at the meeting. There will
also be a “here’s how it was” and “here’s how we plan to change it”
summary. If you don’t attend this meeting, don’t complain about the
new Development and Zoning Ordinances. You can be sure the
Developers will be there to protect their interests.