In­ter­sec­tion takes next step

Crow­ell Road, SR 81 in­ter­sec­tion to be bid out soon

The Covington News - - LOCAL - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

County of­fi­cials took the next step to­ward get­ting a stop­light at the dreaded Ga. High­way 81 and Crow­ell/Cov­ing­ton By­pass roads 4-way stop in­ter­sec­tion, south of Por­terdale.

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously to pay $53,800 to URS Cor­po­ra­tion to be the project man­ager for the in­ter­sec­tion up­grade.

URS will bid out the con­struc­tion project, co­or­di­nate with the util­ity com­pa­nies that have to move util­ity lines and in­fra­struc­ture, co­or­di­nate with the state and be on site daily dur­ing con­struc­tion to eval­u­ate progress.

Once con­struc­tion be­gins — Chair­man Keith El­lis said pre­vi­ously he ex­pected con­struc­tion to start in Au­gust — URS es­ti­mates the project will take 150 busi­ness days (Mon­days through Fridays), which would equate to about seven cal­en­dar months.

The in­ter­sec­tion im­prove­ment will in­clude sev­eral up­grades, Al Bow­man, en­gi­neer with Michael Baker In­ter­na­tional, said pre­vi­ously, in­clud­ing:

• the in­ter­sec­tion will get a traf­fic sig­nal • all four di­rec­tions leading to the in­ter­sec­tion will get ded­i­cated left-turn lanes • Crow­ell and Cov­ing­ton By­pass roads leading to the in­ter­sec­tion will also get right-turn lanes (Ga. High­way 81 head­ing to­ward the in­ter­sec­tion al­ready had a ded­i­cated right-turn lane) • the left turn lanes will be ex­tended fur­ther back than nor­mal to hold more cars turn­ing left so that traf­fic doesn’t back up as badly • fur­ther south of the in­ter­sec­tion, the Ga. High­way 162 Con­nec­tor and Ga. High­way 81 three-way in­ter­sec­tion will get re­aligned • the ded­i­cated right and left turns for Ga. High­way 162 Con­nec­tor are be­ing ex­tended fur­ther to hold more cars The project is ex­pected to cost around $2 mil­lion, of­fi­cials said pre­vi­ously, with New­ton County com­mit­ting $1.7 mil­lion of 2005 SPLOST money and Por­terdale pro­vid­ing the re­main­ing $300,000.

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