City of Lavonia Continues to Work on Issues Downtown

April 29, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


The City of Lavonia continues to work on plans to make some improvements to downtown area streets and sidewalks.

At their work session last week, the city council discussed repaving the streets on the square and around the railroad tracks.

According to city manager Gary Fesperman, the city will do the repaving in stages using SPLOST funds.

Another project that is in the works is the leveling out and lowering of some of the sidewalks downtown.

Fesperman said the city is continues to work on how that project could be done.

“We’ve got a lot of issues with the sidewalks in downtown Lavonia,” Fesperman said. “Most of the issue is the height of some of the sidewalks and the bump outs that were put in years ago.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to upgrade the intersection at SR17 and SR59 to include a left-turn lane and buttons for the pedestrian crosswalks.

The city is using funds from a T-grant to help pay for the sidewalk project and is also eligible for a $200,000 grant from GDOT, but must come up with a 20% match of $50,000.