Work is slow on Bypass Phase 3

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 4:20pm
By: John Munford

While construction continues on the first phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass and planning in detail is ongoing for phase two, what will become of the third and final phase?

The Fayette County Commission was briefed on the progress of the third phase at its workshop meeting last week.

The third phase, at 4.5 miles in length, will connect the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Huiet Road southward to Harp Road. But because so much work is ongoing with the first two phases, the county may have to hire a consultant to handle phase three at some point, officials said.

The county has been working on the conceptual layout of the road path, but lacks “accurate field information” about wetlands and streams, said county Public Works Director Phil Mallon. Without that information, staff cannot as yet provide a definitive recommendation for the route, Mallon said.

The county is working to get a detailed traffic study that will help define how the bypass can be addressed to handle traffic at the nearby schools. Another factor in the bypass location is the proximity of a cemetery at the intersection of Harp and Redwine roads, Mallon said.

The county is also looking at the existing bridges in the area and calculating how many new bridges might be required for the road, Mallon said.

Commission Chairman Jack Smith said the commission would like to make a decision on the road path in December.

“A lot of homeowners down there would like us to make a decision,” Smith said.

The bypass will allow traffic to be diverted south of Fayetteville on Harp Road with the two-lane road connecting at Ga. Highway 92 at West Bridge Road. From that intersection, drivers can continue straight on West Bridge to reach Ga. Highway 138 in Union City to access Interstate 85. They can also go north on Hwy. 92 and take Peters Road to Hwy. 138 or take Oakley Industrial Boulevard to reach the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and I-85.

Mallon said that some citizens have expressed concern about how the third phase of the bypass will affect their subdivisions on Lester Road. Some of those concerns involved residents’ ability to walk across the street after the bypass is complete.

Commissioner Lee Hearn suggested the county make a better effort to notify homeowners when land surveyors will be going on their property in conjunction with the work for phase three of the bypass. County Administrator Jack Krakeel said the county would send a certified letter by mail to notify those homeowners.

Commissioner Eric Maxwell said one concern is a requirement to spend all encumbered SPLOST funds within five years after the tax collections cease.

“We had a deadline to do what the voters voted to do years ago,” Maxwell said.

Mallon said county staff so far has been working to look at the impact the third bypass phase would have on existing homes, businesses and other structures; trying to minimize curb cuts; and the amount of remnant parcels created. Another factor is the impact on homes which have a certain lifestyle or expectation of quietness on a certain road that may be impacted by the bypass, he said.

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Submitted by thonyp on Sat, 09/19/2009 - 12:41pm.

The more money the commissioners get the more they want to spend even if it is not needed at all. To bring some of this to an end, everyone in Fayette County should vote NO at the Nov. 3 election and get our sales tax back to 6% which should also bring some addional sales to our retailers here.
There will be another election next year and they can list better projects at that time and maybe all will be better then.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sat, 09/19/2009 - 2:16pm.

Not a chance they will even bring it up then.

Many more people will vote in a bigger election than in a put-up affair.

Thes city councils and county administrators use every tool to get more money--even fool you 6th graders!

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Submitted by zoes on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 10:42am.

“We had a deadline to do what the voters voted to do years ago,” Maxwell said."

No one voted for THIS.

Now I don't like Maxwell either.


Submitted by Okie on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 8:20am.

Sounds like they should have taken all this into consideration before they decided to do this in the first place!! I have tons of concerns, the speed limit will be too high, how will I get to my mailbox without getting run over, what about all the wildlife, noise, extra traffic.......People who live here already know how to get to Hwy 85, Peters Road, Hwy 92, Hwy 138. We take the back roads. Yes there are shortcuts. Also, what good will come from putting a bridge back up to connect the two ends of Hood Rd. I've lived around here since 1983 and don't recall the bridge being there then. Oh, it's probably gonna be a shortcut to the bypass, that must be it! Did you know if you live on Hood Rd, you can go down Gingercake to Hwy 92 and continue on until you come to the intersection where the bypass will come out.....Oh, and I loved that last statement...impact on homes which have a certain lifestyle or expectation of quietness...that may be impacted by the bypass!! Geez Louize! Nobody cared about that when they decided to put the bypass in front of my house! It's very quiet here...can't here anything at night but owls, and other critters. All they're worried about is getting all their money spent before the deadline! Oops...I mean our money!

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