Quitman Co. Gets Millions For Road Improvements

Quitman County, GA (WXTX) -  It is the most expensive project in Quitman County in recent history and officials say it is major progress in improving the quality of life in the rural area.

The county is getting $6.5 million in stimulus funds for work along Union Church Road off Highway 82.

County Manager Larry Clark says he didn't apply for the monies but the county is happy to receive a piece of the stimulus package.

"We're getting $1.5 million for bridge repair and $5 million for the widening and resurfacing of the road itself," he said.

Clark says the money will be well-spent because the bridges are in bad shape. Built back in the 1950s, he says they've been hit hard by logging trucks and years of corrosion.

Quitman County officials are hoping even more federal dollars come their way. They've requested funding for several other projects with a price tag totaling $35 million. Renovations are needed to the county's courthouse, gym, library and ems facility. But the biggest thing on their wish list is a new marina.

"We requested $20 million for a dry dock facilities, marina slips, that sort of thing. With the new growth at Fort Benning, we feel like this would be much needed. We would like to become a destination for more people in Alabama and Georgia," said Clark.

Quitman County officials are waiting to hear if they will receive $250,000 grant from the DOT for a land-use study on a new marina.

A $100,000 grant has already been received to install a mile-long educational walking trail along Lake Eufaula.

Construction on that new trail is expected to be complete this year.