Meeting on intersection improvement Thursday

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Coweta County has plans to improve the intersection of Smokey, Old Corinth and Belk roads, and a public information open house on the plans will be held Thursday.

The open house will be held in the Newnan High School cafeteria and will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. County staff and transportation consultants will be on hand, and there will be maps showing proposed new configurations of the intersection. There will be no formal presentation. Comment forms will be available so members of the public can submit written comments. A f lashing message sign advertising the meeting is set to go up on Monday, said Tom Corker, Coweta communications manager.

The intersection of Old Corinth and Smokey and Belk and Smokey are too close together, said Tod Handley, Coweta director of transportation and engineering.

The proposal is to reroute Old Corinth to the west, running it behind Oasis Bar and Grill and CBS convenience store.

Handley said two different versions of the realignment will be available for public viewing at the open house.

'This is kind of brainstorming to see what we can do, and then get public input on it,' Handley said. Once public input is taken into account and a final concept is approved, there will be surveying, final engineering and right-of-way acquisition.

Handley estimated it will be a year to 18 months before construction begins.

The project will be funded with the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Those needing accommodations for disabilities can contact Handley at 770-254-3775. Those who cannot attend the meeting can submit written statements to Handley at: Coweta County Transportation and Engineering, 21 East Washington Street, Newnan, GA, 30263.

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