County begins taking land for bypass

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 3:46pm
By: John Thompson

For the first time in recent memory, the Fayette County Commission voted Thursday night to proceed with condemnation of property for a public works project.

The vote, according to interim County Administrator Jack Krakeel, will help speed up the process for building the West Fayetteville Bypass.

“Once we have all the property in hand, we anticipate to start grading in two weeks,” he said.

The bypass is expected to be built in three phases.

The first phase starts in the Huiet Road/Lester Road area in the geographic center of the county and proceeds north across Ga. Highway 54 and ties into Sandy Creek Road.

The second phase extends from Sandy Creek Road to Ga. Highway 92 in the area of Westbridge Road in north Fayette.

The funding for both phases comes from $50 million in local funds.

The final phase begins in the Huiet Road/Lester Road area and extends south to Redwine and requires state and federal funds to complete.

At a meeting in March, Commission Chairman Jack Smith said there was no intent to four-lane the bypass or Sandy Creek Road, but said the county was acquiring right-of-way for four lanes in case future commissions saw the need to increase the lanes.

Completion for the project is expected to take 18 months.

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Submitted by SJR66 on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 4:51pm.

If you go on the county website, there are detailed transportation programs in the public works section. However, nothing has been updated since 2003. The listed start date of the West Fayetteville bypass is 2010. My mom still lives at the family home on Lee's Mill Rd (and has since 1972) and she hasn't heard anything about this. Luckily, this crosses a few miles north of her home, but this will probably hasten the widening of Sandy Creek and Lee's Mill.

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Submitted by aliquando on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 8:12pm.

This project is a waste of money. Lester Road is inappropriate for a four lane road. This is a land grab. Two schools: Cleveland Elementary and Bennett's Mill Middle are on this road. It goes directly through a subdivision. This should not happen.

Submitted by Okie on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:27am.

Which project is supposed to take 18 months? Just phase one? We haven't heard a peep from anybody about the bypass and it's coming in front of our house! We're phase two! You'd think somebody would let you know about this stuff. We have to read all about it in the paper! This is great, we're listing to the noise from the new school being built. Mon thru Sat they work until after 6pm and now on top of that we'll have to put up with road construction too! Our road is barely wide enough for two cars to pass each other. Guess they'll want our front yards!

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:05pm.

Mr. Thompson---Is there a map available for the public to view of the By Pass. I called and emailed the county to find out if one was available but did not receive the courtesy of a return call.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:11pm.

North or south of Westbridge? Where is the intersection?

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