And you thought it was just a 'plan'

The latest update to Coweta County's Comprehensive Joint Transportation Plan contains some surprises local residents need to know, because they aren't going to be happy.

One of the biggest items is a complete renovation of the main entrance to the Summer-Grove subdivision at Lower Fayetteville Road and Shenandoah Boulevard. Transportation officials plan to construct a major 'Spaghetti Junction' type-interchange that includes a highway overpass that will run above parts of the golf course there and then end up in downtown Senoia.

Bullsboro Drive, also known as Highway 34, will be widened to five lanes in each direction from just north of downtown Newnan all the way to Peachtree City. This two-year project will result in the closure of, first, all eastbound lanes, and in the second phase, all westbound lanes. During the construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane each way. Many businesses will be forced to relocate.

Lower Fayetteville also is getting a major upgrade, with plans to widen it to three lanes each way. But an even bigger change will be an overpass running directly over the existing road that will dump directly into downtown Newnan at one end. Where the other end of the overpass will terminate is still up in the air. During the four-year construction, Lower Fayetteville will be completely closed to all traffic.

If you have a problem with any of the above, and those are just some of the highlights, we'd suggest you attend one of several public input meetings over the next few weeks to let transportation officials know what you think.

This is one time you need to let authorities know your views. Otherwise, they will just do what they want. That's because not only are there major road construction projects ongoing, but several ideas on sidewalks and bike trails - like turning Highway 16 to Senoia into a scenic bicycle-only trail.

Another big plan is how to deal with future vehicular traffic and the focus there is on rail and bus service into Atlanta to get area workers quickly into the city. Proposals include new bus terminals at the Old Courthouse in downtown Newnan and another in downtown Senoia, with rail terminals being constructed at Thomas Crossroads and downtown Sharpsburg.

Let us say it again. If some of these ideas bother you, it's imperative you attend at least one of the public meetings. One will be held in each of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners districts. Too often, public officials make plans and it's not until afterward that the public goes 'huh?'

Your input is important. These meetings will determine Coweta County's future transportation plans, from roads to bike paths and from sidewalks to mass transit.

Oh, and regarding all of the above - we made it up.

Maybe.

We suggest you continue to follow coverage of the transportation plan in The Newnan Times-Herald. To get additional information, visit the county's website at: http://coweta. ga.us. There's a link on the homepage in the upper right called 'Transportation Plan Update.'

Click it. Read it. Get involved.

As one transportation official said, 'We do not want to become another Atlanta.'

We agree. Don't you?



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