BY SUSAN NORMAN
Barrow County’s government is preparing to relocate and upgrade more than a mile of water lines in connection with the state’s planned improvement of the intersection of highways 124 and 211.
The Barrow County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 9 unanimously approved the expenditure of up to $49,000 for Jordan, Jones & Goulding Inc. to engineer the relocation and replacement of the water infrastructure.
The engineers have yet to determine the exact scope and cost of the utility project, but preliminary plans call for the replacement of 6,100 linear feet of water main and the relocation of related infrastructure, including a “water meter vault” that will be moved to a site adjacent to Beaver Dam Road.
About half of the new 12-inch water main will be installed along Highway 124 from Old Victron School Road to the intersection at Highway 211.
The other half of the new 12-inch main will replace the existing 8-inch main along Highway 211 from the Highway 124 intersection to Beaver Dam Road, where the line will be connected to the relocated meter vault.
Water service lines, fire hydrants and valves also will be moved as part of the utility improvement, which is expected to cost up to $620,000, according to county documents.
No construction date has been set for the utility work, because Georgia Department of Transportation officials have yet to move forward with the intersection improvement.