Transportation plan includes $1 billion for local projects
CTP also includes funds for alternative transportation
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.