Construction boom a major plus for our county

A quick glance at Wednesday’s edition of The Newnan Times-Herald highlights some major construction projects in the works.

And let’s face it, that’s very good news for our county. Two Newnan projects alone total nearly $25 million, and work is progressing quickly on approvals to extend the Newnan south bypass extension. Plans are continuing for another entrance off Lower Fayetteville Road to alleviate traffic at the Newnan Centre and Centre for Performing and Visual Arts complex. And talks are commencing on improving the Five Points Intersection and the Ga. Hwy. 154 and Old Hwy. 16 intersection, site of a recent fatality.

What that means for us are better transportation grids - who wants to experience Atlanta traffic here? Furthermore, these projects create jobs and will also bring in new businesses in support of the various construction projects.

Newnan City Council plans two major groundbreakings in the fall. First is the $9 million public safety complex that will be located on the site of the old Hannah Homes project. Talk about needed, it will house all of the city’s police department, currently spread out all over the city. In addition, there will be a new 150-seat municipal courtroom, the current one isn’t big enough to spit in.

The city’s biggest endeavor, also with a fall groundbreaking, is the hospital redevelopment project for a new University of West Georgia Newnan campus. The $15 million project is one of the largest ever undertaken by the city and will bring a college campus to downtown.

Several of the other projects mentioned above are becoming more and more necessary as our traffic increases. The Five Points and Hwys. 154/16 intersections are becoming a nightmare. And let’s face it, they are the most confusing crossroads around. No one can figure out who goes first and what’s on second.

These projects are all supported by tax dollars that citizens fortunately approved in part through various Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax allotments. We believe we are staying ahead of the growth curve, which is vital if we don’t want to run into the problems facing Atlanta.

Now, if we can just get those tag decal printers fixed down at the Coweta County Tag Office, life really will be good.




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