By Marla Ogletree
Members of the Charlton County Board of Commissioners, along with members of Homeland City Council, Senator William Ligon, Senator Tyler Harper, and Representative John Corbett stand on the newly repaved Old Dixie Highway.
The Dixie Highway was a network of roads connecting Canada to Florida, created in the early 1900s, and was the nation’s first north to south paved interstate highway. Approximately 100 years ago, Old Dixie Highway was one of the first roads paved in Charlton County and was the main highway for travellers coming through town.
The update to the road was made possible by the efforts of Commissioner Jesse Crews, who spoke to the current Georgia Departement of Transportation (DOT) Planning Director, Jay Roberts. He explained the history of the road and alerted him on the poor condition. With much help from state legislators, the DOT agreed to grant $300,000.00 towards the restoration. The county was responsible for $244,213.78 of the project, while Homeland contributed $25,000.00. The county’s portion of funds was paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) dollars.