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King George knocks out two paving projects with one state grant

King George County got two paving projects done for the price of one state grant.

The county got $195,000 from the Virginia Department of Transportation through the state’s recreational road access grant. It used the funds to pave a portion of the access road at the new Shiloh Park.

After all the park paving was complete, there was $34,639 left. Henry Griffin Road, which leads from State Route 205 to the convenience center and the park that’s just past it, was in need of resurfacing. County officials asked VDOT if the fund balance could be used for an asphalt overlay over the existing pavement, said County Administrator Travis Quesenberry.

VDOT agreed it was an eligible cost because the road leads to the park. The contractor charged $14,940 to do the overlay.

“That’s a great price,” Quesenberry said last week when he announced the price to the King George Board of Supervisors. “And the grant will cover it.”

Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr., who’s wanted a park in his district for some time, was thrilled that the heavily traveled—and previously bumpy—Henry Griffin Road was getting a new surface.

“We’ve been pushing for that for years,” he said.

The work was done last week.

Even with the additional paving project, King George will return to the state about $20,000 of unused funds from the recreational grant.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425

cdyson@freelancestar.com

 

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