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SPLOST would fund nearly $40 million in transportation projects


  • By Joe Adgie
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  • Jun. 28, 2022 - 3:28 PM

SPLOST would fund nearly $40 million in transportation projects

The Newnan Times-Herald

Coweta County has added nearly $40 million in transportation projects that will be paid for using SPLOST funds.

The projects were added following a unanimous vote from the Coweta County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.

According to county documents, the projects were added due to SPLOST revenues exceeding initially anticipated levels.

Some of the revenue increase will be used to cover increased material and construction costs on current and previously planned projects, but SPLOST will be used to fund 12 projects as well.

These projects include the Shaw/Fischer Connector, which will cost $4.45 million, will take nine months for design and right-of-way acquisition and 12 months for utilities and construction, as well as improvements to the intersection at Cannongate Road at Collinsworth Road, which will cost $3.59 million, will take 15 months for design and right-of-way acquisition and 15 months for utilities and construction.

Also included are engineering services for the widening of Lower Fayetteville Road, worth $1 million. Design and right-of-way acquisition is expected to take eight years, with utilities and construction lasting three years. The city of Newnan will split the cost and the Atlanta Regional Commission will contribute 10 percent to the costs.

Improvements to the Poplar Road and Highway 16 intersection are also included, worth $1 million in design costs. Design and right-of-way acquisition is expected to last 36 months, with utilities and construction lasting 12 months. The Atlanta Regional Commission will contribute 20 percent to the costs.

Fischer Road at Andrew Bailey is also included, worth $2.74 million in total costs. Design and right-of-way acquisition is expected to last 15 months with utilities and construction expected to last nine months.

Improvements on Poplar Road from Newnan Crossing Boulevard to Yeager Road are also included. The project has a $7.575 million price tag, has a 36-month timeframe for design and right-of-way acquisition, and 18 months of utilities and construction time.

Also included are improvements to Gordon Road at Highway 16, which, in total, costs $4.5 million, has a design and right-of-way acquisition time of 15 months, and a utilities and construction time of 12 months.

Engineering work on improvements at Highway 29 and State Route 154 is also included. That work has a $3.5 million price tag, and includes a 6-8 year time frame and a two-year construction time period.

A traffic signal at Highway 16 at the Southeast Bypass is also included, worth $435,000. Design should take four months, while utilities and construction should take nine months.

Improvements at Highway 34 at Pete Davis and Thigpen Roads are also included. Those improvements have a total price tag of $3.47 million, include a design and right-of-way acquisition time of 24 months and utilities and construction time of 15 months.

The Fairgrounds Connector is also included, worth $6.325 million. Design and right-of-way acquisition time should take 12 months, and utilities and construction time should take 12 months as well.

In addition, work on Fischer Road north of Highway 34 is also included, worth $895,000. Design work should take nine months and construction should take six months.

In total, the projects cost $39,480,000.