Suggested North Coweta detour routes for CSX crossing closure
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Next week’s scheduled closing of the railroad crossing at Highway 154 and U.S. 29 in north Coweta is sure to be a headache for motorists, but there are various travel options to get you where you need to go.
The Georgia Department of Transportation will be placing signs for a detour route around the closing.
The official detour route, as released by GDOT on Wednesday, is to send motorists who are traveling north on U.S. 29 all the way to Weldon Road near Palmetto, where they can access Interstate 85.
But depending on where you are coming from and where you are going, that may not be the best option — as long as you’re not driving a tractor-trailer rig.
Motorists trying to get to I-85 or Bullsboro Drive can also head slightly south, to the Madras community, and take Herring Road to Bullsboro. Greentop Road, which intersects with Herring, can also be used for those even farther south.
If you are using Herring Road and plan to head east on Bullsboro, or want to access the interstate, take a left onto Dart Road, and then a right onto Amlajack Boulevard, which then intersects with Bullsboro at a traffic signal. Drivers can also take a left on St. John’s Circle, which also intersects Amlajack.
Motorists who are north of Highway 154 can take Weldon Road to access the interstate, as indicated by the detour.
Motorists north of Highway 154 who are trying to get to Thomas Crossroads, Highway 34 East or the eastern area of the county can avoid the interstate and take Fisher Road.
To get to Fisher Road, take Weldon (which becomes Collinsworth Road) and cross the interstate. Take an immediate right onto Canongate Road. Go straight through the four-way stop, which puts you onto Fisher Road.
To get to Thomas Crossroads, you can then take a right onto Andrew Bailey Road, which intersects Highway 34 just east of Thomas Crossroads.
Or, continue on Fisher, which intersects Highway 34 at the Fischer Crossings development. You can cross Highway 34 to get to Lower Fayetteville Road or to take Highway 54, heading toward Sharpsburg and Turin.
Motorists who usually exit the interstate at Highway 154 can get off at Exit 56, Collinsworth Road, to access Weldon Road, or at Exit 47, Bullsboro Drive.
From I-85 at Collinsworth, head west (a right turn for those coming off I-85 South) and stay on Weldon (the left fork) until you get to the intersection with U.S. 29.
From Bullsboro, head west to Herring Road (just past the Amlajack intersection, beside Wells Fargo Bank).
Those trying to get to U.S. 29 from Highway 34 can take Fisher, Andrew Bailey or Herring roads.