January meeting scheduled on Highway 34 South bypassBy SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
A public information open house on the Highway 34 Bypass extension and associated projects south of Newnan will be held in January.
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Coweta County Development and Engineering Department will be hosts for the open house at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.
The extension project includes not only extending the bypass from its current end at Turkey Creek Road to State Highway 16, but also the widening of Highway 16 from Interstate 85 to U.S. 29, and the intersection improvement at U.S. 29, Highway 16 and Pine Road.
The project is currently scheduled to be let for construction in late spring 2014, said Patricia Palmer, Coweta’s public affairs director.
Right-of-way acquisition is set to begin this spring, Palmer said.
The project will be a joint effort of Coweta, the state and the Federal Highway Administration.
The county is responsible for engineering and right-of-way for the bypass extension, as well as 20 percent of construction. The engineering is expected to cost $1,060,300, and the right-of-way and construction is expected to total $22 million, Palmer said.
The rest of the construction will be funded by Federal Highway money.
The county is responsible for engineering and 26 percent of construction for the Highway 16 widening. The projected engineering cost is $182,400. GDOT is responsible for right-of-way and the rest of the construction, which is estimated to total $3,273,736, Palmer said.
The county is responsible for engineering, right-of-way, and utility relocation for the Pine/29/16 intersection improvement, said Palmer, as well as 20 percent of construction. Federal Highway and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority will fund the balance of construction. Engineering is estimated at $687,800, and right-of-way and construction is estimated at $4,928,790.
All three projects will be let as one project, Palmer said. The roadway is currently expected to be open to traffic in summer 2016 — around the time construction is set to begin on the new Interstate 85 interchange at Poplar Road.
Those who wish to make comments on the project but cannot attend the open house can submit written comments to: Glenn Bowman, PE. state environmental administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation, 600 West Peachtree Street NW - 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.
The deadline for comments is Jan. 21.
Copies of the environmental documents for this project will be available at the open house and at the Coweta Development and Engineering Department, 21 East Washington St. in downtown Newnan.