Transportation plans open to public

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Public meetings on Coweta County's Joint Comprehensive Transportation Plan, and the plans for the new Poplar Road interchange on Interstate 85, will be held in the next few weeks.

The final public meeting on the draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan will be held Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. The plan is a joint project of Coweta County and its municipalities.

The public hearing on the Poplar Road interchange will be Nov. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Central Educational Center in Newnan.

During the process of updating the county's Joint Comprehensive Transportation Plan, open houses were held in each of the five commission districts, and a 'virtual open house' was held online. Participants were asked to fill out a survey about the most - and least - needed transportation projects.

The information from those meetings and other public involvement was rolled into the draft plan. At the final public hearing, that draft plan will be presented, and members of the public will have a chance to comment on the plan itself.

There will be no formal presentation. County staff members and consultants will be on hand to answer questions.

For those who can't attend the meeting, information about the plan will be posted on the county's website, www.coweta. .

The Poplar Interchange public hearing will also be a dropin event. There will be plans and displays of the project, and representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation and Coweta County will be available to answer questions.

The interchange project will include approximately 1.4 miles of construction along Poplar Road, and approximately 1.1 miles of construction along Interstate 85.

In addition to the plans for the interchange, the environmental document for the project will also be available for review, and comment, at the public hearing.

All the documents will also be available for 15 days before the public hearing at the Coweta County Transportation and Engineering Department, 21 East Washington Street, Newnan, and the GDOT LaGrange Area Office, 1107 Hogansville Road, LaGrange.

Written comments can be submitted to Glenn Bowman, PE, State Environmental Administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation, 600 West Peachtree Street, NW - 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308. Copies of documents can also be requested at this address.

For more information about the Comprehensive Transportation Plan open house, contact Tavores Edwards at 770-6832300 or 

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