One year after greenlighting the project, construction is now set to begin on the LINC in the next few weeks, according to city officials.
At their last meeting, the Newnan City Council awarded a $2.8 million dollar construction contract to Lewallen Construction Company. The company was one of five who submitted bids for the project.
The company will be responsible for creating the first section of the LINC – a 1.6 mile connection that will link Newnan Crossing Boulevard to the Nixon Centre, Newnan Crossing Elementary School, and the residential neighborhoods along Highwoods Parkway and Shenandoah Boulevard.
While an official date for construction hasn’t been set, timeliness is a major factor in getting the proposed section done before the end of the summer, according to Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver.
Construction is expected to close a section of Lower Fayetteville Road for around 30 days during the school summer break, Craver said.
A map of the proposed “Section 4” details the initial 1.6-mile connection that will link Newnan Crossing Boulevard to the Nixon Centre, Newnan Crossing Elementary School, and the residential neighborhoods along Highwoods Parkway and Shenandoah Boulevard.
The temporary road closure – located between the Newnan Centre Roundabout and Summerlin Boulevard – will allow for the construction of a path tunnel that will allow for uninterrupted trail access once completed.
Completion of this portion of the LINC – known as Section #4 – would set the next phase up to include the proposed path bridge over Interstate 85.
Funding for the project is expected to come from the 2019 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), along with impact fees for parks, and from the city’s unassigned fund balance, which includes money accumulated over time that isn’t assigned to a specific project or program, Craver said.
“This section is designed to be a show piece and give users a great idea of what the trail system is supposed to be about,” Craver said. “We hope the community will support it through not only using it, but also by making a contribution to Friends of The LINC.”
Following the completion of the tunnel under Lower Fayetteville Road, the Friends of The LINC will be responsible for painting a mural inside.
The group hopes to begin work on the mural before school is out for the summer and to finish by the time students return to school in August. The tunnel will be painted on both sides and lit 24 hours a day.
Those interested in more information can visit the group’s website at LINCFriends.com