County a step away from bypass project

by Sarah Fay Campbell

A contract soon should be awarded for Coweta County’s Newnan Bypass/Pine Road/U.S. 29/Hwy. 16 project south of Newnan.

The Georgia Department of Transportation recently awarded contracts for numerous projects, but the contract award for the Newnan Bypass project was temporarily deferred.

However, it shouldn’t be deferred for long.

While most of the construction will be paid for with state and federal funds, Coweta County is responsible for a certain amount of the construction costs.

Tod Handley, Coweta’s director of development and engineering, said the county only got the cost breakdown on Monday.

“We’re going through and checking the numbers to make sure we agree with them,” Handley said on Tuesday. “Once we confirm that the numbers are right, we will cut them a check for our percentage of the costs, and then they will award the contract.”

Handley said work on a project usually begins around 45 days after a contract is awarded, but “it really just depends on the contractor’s schedule.”

The project consists of not only the extension of the Newnan Bypass from Turkey Creek Road south to Ga. Hwy. 16, but also the widening of Hwy. 16 from the Bypass to U.S. 29, the full four-laning of U.S. 29 from Interstate 85 to just past Pine Road, and the reconfiguration of the Pine/29/16 intersection.

Handley anticipates the initial work will include clearing along U.S. 29 so that utility companies can come in and do needed utility relocation.

A bridge will need to built over the railroad near Turkey Creek Road, and work on it will likely also be one of the earlier parts of the project, Handley said.

Additionally, there will be a needed “rock cut” on the new portion of the Bypass, Handley said. For a short section, drivers will see about 20 feet of sheer rock on either side of the roadway.



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