Published Friday, December 07, 2012

Giant trees coming down, making way for intersection improvements

From Staff Reports

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A contracted crew from A1 Tree Service out of Columbus has been removing trees this week to make way for the Roscoe/Jackson/Sprayberry intersection realignment project north of downtown Newnan.

Employees from Southeastern Site Development also were out working along the route of Jackson Street/U.S. 29 across from Sprayberry Road for the new alignment of Sprayberry with Roscoe Road/State Highway 70. The project will eliminate the sharp turn onto Roscoe Road from Jackson Street currently just south of the traffic signal at Sprayberry.

One of the magnolia trees removed was 60 years old, said crew members who had counted the rings. Work was also proceeding removing a large hardwood.

In recent months utility poles have been moved, fences have been taken down on Roscoe Road and barrels are in place for the project.

Relocation of Newnan Utilities’ overhead power lines at the intersection of U.S. 29, Roscoe Road and Sprayberry Road has been completed, Ed Strong, director of engineering for Newnan Utilities, told the Newnan Water, Sewerage and Light Commission in mid-November. It was another step toward allowing the long-awaited intersection upgrade to proceed.

Strong reported that all Georgia Power overhead utilities also were relocated and that no more electrical relocation work was required at the site.

In July, workers using a large crane installed a new steel utility pole on Roscoe Road as part of the project.

Georgia Transmission was handling that installation, according to Michael Klahr, Newnan city engineer. Crews installed two new steel poles on Sprayberry Road, a new wood pole on Roscoe Road, and the new steel pole on Roscoe Road where a foundation was laid earlier, he said at the time.

The intersection work includes reconstruction of the existing intersection of Roscoe Road at Jackson Street to realign with the existing intersection with Sprayberry Road.

This summer, Newnan City Council unanimously approved awarding a $545,265 contract to Southeastern Site Development for the intersection project.

Funding for the project comes from the city’s 2007 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax account.

Bids were advertised June 1 and the bid opening held June 28.

Georgia Department of Transportation has committed to furnishing and installing a traffic signal at the intersection, according to Klahr. A sidewalk along Roscoe Road, within the limits of the project to Phillips Street, is included.

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