Back-to-school road projects finished
Three school road projects were completed just in time for the start of the 2013-2014 school year in Newton County.
Airport Road in front of Flint Hill Elementary School was widened and resurfaced, while intersection improvements, including turning lanes, were made at the intersections of the new Ram Way and Crowell Road and Ram Way and Jack Neely Road in front of the new Newton High School. All projects were paid with SPLOST (special local option sales tax) funds.
Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis said the projects were completed on time and on budget. Airport Road was widened to allow two school buses to safely pass each other and re-paved to accommodate extra traffic for a cost of $300,000.
“We’re trying to work more closely with the school system, so when we’re planning school sites we can work with them to plan intersection improvements in advance,” Ellis said by phone Saturday.
Because of communication snafus, Airport Road was not improved prior to Flint Hill opening in August 2011.
The intersection of Airport Road and Ga. High- way 142 will be improved to allow better traffic flow under a separate project at a later date.
The cost of the new Newton High road work was previously estimated to be $700,000 to $800,000. The new NHS is n a 118.5-acre tract between Jack Neely and Crowell roads, north of Kirkland Road, so entrances to the school will be on both roads.
Clockwise, from above: Airport Road in front of Flint Hill Elementary was widened and resurfaced to allow two school buses to pass each other; A turning lane was added to Jack Neely Road at the new Newton High entrance; and a turning lane was also added on Crowell Road at the new NHS entrance.