Hwy. 74 North repaving set for late summer or early spring


The repaving of Ga. Highway 74 North is expected to take place late this summer or in the early spring, county officials said this week.

The Georgia Department of Transportation Board recently approved the repaving project, which will stretch from Aberdeen Road in Peachtree City through unincorporated Fayette County to the Fulton County line.

County Commission Chairman Steve Brown credited the work of DOT and District Engineer Thomas Howell for getting the ball rolling.

“We appreciate Mr. Howell’s team acting on behalf of Fayette County to get this first project on Highway 74 started,” Brown said. “We will do everything in our power to expedite the remaining repaving segments on our state highways.”

Earlier this year, Brown joined local mayors Vanessa Fleisch, Eric Dial and Greg Clifton in sending a joint letter to DOT officials highlighting significant deterioration of the pavement on local highways.

Howell in reply acknowledged that Ga. highways 54 and 74 are “deteriorating almost exponentially due to the weather and condition of the pavement structures.”

Hwy. 54 between Peachtree City and Fayetteville is not scheduled to be up for repaving approval until next year, county officials said. In the meantime, DOT has undertaken a crack sealing program to patch many of the long cracks that have developed in the past few years.