Why Jasper County Needs Better Road Standards

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 maintenance.


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 County.


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 time--total erosion. 



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.



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