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Student leaders learn about airport’s economic impact

For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of an airport…is flying! But the operations at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN) go much further than that. In April, students in Macon-Bibb’s GCAPS (Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students) leadership cohort visited the Airport to learn about its history and economic impact on the entire region.

Companies such as Boeing, Bombardier, Haeco, and Yulista have all set up shop at MCN to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul for everything from small private planes to commercial liners to military aircraft. It’s those services that keep the airport running, and supporting our local economy.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the students’ visit
to MCN to learn about the economic impact.

Paving, repairs coming for several Macon-Bibb roads  

More than two-dozen Macon-Bibb County roads will be re-paved or smoothed out thanks to a contract the Commission approved with Womack Paving Inc. More than $1.2 million will be used for full reclamation or deep path overlay on the following streets and roads. The improvements are being paid for from the state Local Maintenance & Improvement Grants, the Macon-Bibb general fund, and the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). For complete project details, click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLUP5289A0/$file/6-7-2016%20-%20Res%20Agrmt%20Womack%20Paving%20%241267395%2070%20Patch%20Overlay.pdf.

Bicycle tour, outdoor movie hosted as part of MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival

Everyone is invited to take a bike tour of some of Macon-Bibb's newest or recently improved parks and greenspaces, including Tattnall Square Park, the Dog Park, Washington Park, Bernd Park, Daisy Park, and Oakhaven Park. The tour will end up in Oakhaven Park (at intersection of English and Oakhaven Avenues), where people will be enjoying an outdoor showing of The Avengers that will begin at dusk. “We’ve made a great deal of improvement to our parks, and even created some new ones,” says Parks & Beautification Director Stephen Lawson. “We really want to show people all that’s been done, let them experience a great family activity in one, and hear from them what they’d like to see us do in the future.” The tour is part of a series of events called the MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival. From June 14-16, people will be able explore all possibilities for improving mobility and connections in Macon-Bibb.

Street light fee for Macon-Bibb residents going away July 1

The Commission continued following through with the promise of consolidation by making changes so that people pay the same rates for the same services. At its meeting on March 1, they approved removing the fee some people in the former unincorporated portions of the county paid for their street lights.

In the former governments, street lights in the city limits were installed and the energy paid for through the general fund, while areas of the unincorporated county had to specially request lighting and pay for the installation and energy costs. This change – which begins July 1, 2016 – means no residents will pay an additional fee for street lights.

Contractor approved for major Log Cabin Drive improvement project

An all-new pedestrian bridge is coming to Log Cabin Drive, as well as sidewalks, turn lanes, vehicle bridge repairs, and more. The Macon-Bibb Commission approved an agreement with R.J. Haynie and Associates for the $1.6 million SPLOST-funded road improvement project. The goal is to provide a safer place for the people living there to walk, bike, and drive, and details about the project and contract can be read in the full resolution by clicking here

For more information about the improvements being made in the
Bellevue neighborhood with SPLOST funds, click here


Next phase of Second Street Corridor Connector begins

Macon-Bibb County celebrated the beginning of the Second Street Corridor Connector’s second phase of construction on November 17 with a groundbreaking ceremony. This phase will cost $1.7 million and start at the realigned Edgewood Avenue and end where the Connector will later be built over the railroad.

The work consists of improving the storm drainage system, installing a 20” waterline to serve Navicent Health, constructing the road and shared sidewalks, and installing new lighting. During construction, First Street from Edgewood Avenue to Elm Street will be closed and eventually rerouted, and the at grade crossing on Elm Street will be permanently closed. 

To watch a feature video from MaconBibbTV about this milestone, click here. 

Demolition makes way for Log Cabin Drive improvements

Crews from Macon-Bibb County’s Public Works Department tore down an abandoned house at the corner of Log Cabin Drive and Hollingsworth Road in mid-November to make way for the realignment of the intersection as part of a $1.5 million, SPLOST-funded road and pedestrian safety improvement project.

The Log Cabin Drive improvement project will include a new pedestrian bridge and repairs to the current roadway bridge over Rocky Creek; constructing new curb and gutter, sidewalk, drainage swales, drainage structures and driveways; realign the intersection of Hollingsworth Road and Log Cabin Drive; adding a northbound left-turn-lane on Log Cabin Drive at Hollingsworth Road; and more.

Click here to watch a video about this milestone day, one that the Bellevue community has been looking forward to for many years.