Back-to-school road projects fin­ished

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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.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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