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Opponents target W. Fayetteville bypass
Tue, 11/18/2008 - 5:13pm
By: John Munford
Commission proceeds with bid award on phase 1 storm drain
A dozen residents voiced their displeasure with the path of the West Fayetteville bypass at Thursday night’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission.
But shortly after they left, the commission authorized a portion of the project to proceed as planned: installation of the stormwater pipe that will start next month and cost $246,044. That contract is limited to the first phase of construction only.
The two-lane bypass is designed to route traffic around Fayetteville, starting at Ga. Highway 85 and Harp Road, extending to Lester Road and following part of Sandy Creek Road before reconnecting with Ga. Highway 92 at West Bridge Road.
Several of the bypass opponents said they felt there was no justification for the road, particularly in terms of traffic studies and other documentation.
Steve Smithfield, who lives on Lees Mill Road, said he felt homeowners would battle the bypass location by forcing condemnation proceedings instead of voluntarily agreeing to sell the necessary land. Smithfield read aloud comments recorded at an informational meeting about the bypass.
One commenter said the bypass would connect Fayette with “high crime areas in south Fulton and Clayton” counties.
Another said: “It will also encourage neighboring Riverdale and College Park residents to move to Fayette County.”
Still another: “The bypass will spur high density housing that Fayette residents don’t want,” Smithfield said.
Resident Dave Williams, who also lives on Lees Mill Road, had a different alternative to the bypass which he said was much cheaper. If Fayette residents are having trouble figuring out how to get to work, he said the county should take his tax payment “and buy them a map.”
“We’ve got ways to get to 85 and we’ve got ways to get to Highway 138. We don’t need to go cutting through beside the railroad there, Line Creek, we don’t need to be going that way.”
Ellen Morley said the center line stakes for the road show the bypass as going right through her front yard. One of her concerns was that homeowners were not approached about the project.
“I just find that very disrespectful that we weren’t notified, we had to hear it from somebody else who heard it from somebody else,” she said.
Others were concerned about the environmental impact, and local environmentalist Dennis Chase said he was working on an environmental study for the second phase of the bypass.
Chase said he was stunned the county had not yet conducted an environmental impact study on the proposed bypass route, adding that he felt the county is “not using our SPLOST money appropriately.”
The commission listened to the complaints but made no responses while the citizens were there.login to post comments