Walker County Awards Contract to Pave 13 Roads

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield awarded a contract last night to Talley Construction to resurface 13 roads.

The project includes Peavine Road, East Long Hollow, Ringgold Road, Five Points Road and Five Points Spur, Osburn Road and Osburn Court, South Dicks Creek Road, South Burnt Mill Road, Dry Valley Road, West Schmitt Road, Glass Mill Road and Jones Road.

The Transportation Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) approved by voters in November 2017 and state LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) funds will pay for this project, which is to be completed by September 30, 2019.  This allows the county to effectively pay “cash” for roads and avoid taking out costly loans that charge interest.

TSPLOST generates about $290,000 a month and helped fund three road projects in 2018: Nickajack Road, Nickajack Lane and Diamond Circle.

Walker County is working with area utility providers to ensure underground lines that need to be replaced are addressed before road work begins.  This could impact the order of the 13 roads contracted for resurfacing.

Fatal House Fire this Afternoon in Walker County

Rossville, GA – A fatal house fire this afternoon on Dry Valley Road in Walker County claimed the lives of two people.

Firefighters with Walker County Emergency Services (WCES) received a call at 2:14 p.m. concerning a fire at 1477 Dry Valley Road. Eight units responded to the scene and found flames coming from the home, which was roughly 30% involved.

Fire officials say the two victims were located in a heavily burned section of the home. Their bodies will be sent to the GBI crime lab for autopsy, which is standard procedure. The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

The Walker County Fire Marshal, along with the state Fire Marshal, are investigating the cause of the blaze, which is currently undetermined. Fire investigators did not find any working smoke detectors in the unburnt section of the home.