Trans­porta­tion plan in­cludes $1 bil­lion for lo­cal projects

CTP also in­cludes funds for al­ter­na­tive trans­porta­tion

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

New­ton County’s Com­pre­hen­sive Trans­porta­tion Plan in­cludes nearly $1 bil­lion in road im­prove­ment projects for the county, many of them ex­pen­sive road-widen­ing projects in the west­ern half of the county.

Af­ter nearly a year and a half of work and study, the county’s CTP was ap­proved by the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers at their Tues­day night meet­ing. The plan is meant to serve as a guide for the board over the next sev­eral decades as they de­cide which road projects should se­cure pri­or­ity fund­ing and as a pro­mo­tion tool to the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion to demon­strate that the county has taken proac­tive steps on trans­porta­tion is­sues.

“We got ex­cel­lent com­mu­nity in­ter­est and ci­ti­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion,” said Jim Brown, se­nior trans­porta­tion project man­ager for URS Cor­po­ra­tion, the com­pany that au­thored the CTP. “I think it leaves an ex­cel­lent foun­da­tion or blue­print for the county to pro­ceed in a me­thod­i­cal way.”

The CTP out­lines five road projects that have been la­beled as crit­i­cal for the county. Th­ese five crit­i­cal need projects have an es­ti­mated to­tal price tag of $103.2 mil­lion. They are, in or­der of pri­or­ity:

• The widen­ing of Brown Bridge Road to four lanes from Salem Road to Crow­ell Road, a project which has an es­ti­mated cost of $13.5 mil­lion.

• The widen­ing of Crow­ell Road to four lanes from Brown Bridge Road to In­ter­state 20, which has an es­ti­mated cost of $12.2 mil­lion.

• The widen­ing of the East Cov­ing­ton By­pass to four lanes from U.S. High­way 278 to Ga. High­way 36, which has an es­ti­mated cost of $14.1 mil­lion.

• The up­grad­ing of In­dus­trial Boule­vard to three lanes from U.S. High­way 278 to the Cov­ing­ton By­pass – project cost of $7 mil­lion.

• The widen­ing of Salem Road to six lanes from Brown Bridge Road to Old Salem Road — project cost of $56.4 mil­lion.

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