Fayette and Coweta counties receive state grants for road fixes

Phil Mallon, director of Public Works for Fayette County. File photo.

Recently announced grants from the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) will aid in the construction of two road projects in Fayette and Coweta counties.

In Fayette, a $300,000 Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GITB) grant will help construct the intersection at Ga. Highway 92 at Westbridge Road, which is the final phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass. The intersection will realign Westbridge Road with Hwy. 92 and Veterans Parkway and may accommodate a future traffic signal, if warranted, SRTA said.

The Fayette County Commission on May 25 unanimously approved a $894,881 bid by E.R. Snell to construct the intersection. Veterans Parkway, currently closed north of Lee’s Mill Road, is completed nearly all the way to Hwy. 92 North.

Public Works Director Phil Mallon said the project is expected to get underway in mid-summer, adding that there is some right-of-way acquisition remaining on the project.

In Coweta, a $1.5 million grant for Phase 1 of the proposed Madras Connector will replace the at-grade CSX Railroad crossing at Herring Road with a new bridge over the railroad.

Phase 1 is part of the proposed Madras Connector that will provide needed east-west roadway connectivity in northern Coweta County from Ga. Highway 14/U.S. Highway 29 to the future Amlajack Boulevard interchange at I-85 and will further provide a connection to the Hal Jones/Happy Valley Circle intersection, SRTA said.

The future Amlajack interchange also has a planned connection to Hollz Parkway and Ga. Highway 34.

The SRTA board on June 21 voted to approve funding for 22 transportation infrastructure projects totaling approximately $23.6 million in grants and loans provided through GTIB. The GTIB program is a revolving infrastructure investment fund established in 2008 by Georgia legislators and administered by SRTA.

”The GTIB program continues to be an important funding resource for local governments and community improvement districts throughout Georgia to jumpstart the completion of critical transportation projects. The projects receiving awards today will benefit communities across our state, enhancing mobility in local communities and helping Georgia’s economy continue to thrive,” said Gov. Nathan Deal.