Bye-bye, Fayetteville Hwy. 85 suicide lane

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View looking south toward the old courthouse square on Ga. Highway 85 Fayetteville. The median is the center lane with yellow stripes. Photo/Cal Beverly.
View looking south toward the old courthouse square on Ga. Highway 85 Fayetteville. The median is the center lane with yellow stripes. Photo/Cal Beverly.

Fayetteville, county agree on funding landscaped medians along busiest stretch of North Glynn Street

An intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between Fayette County and Fayetteville for a future landscaped median project for Ga. Highway 85 was approved June 28 by the Fayette County Commission.

Commissioners at the meeting voted 4-0 to approve the IGA. Chairman Eric Maxwell was not present.

The IGA allocates $500,000 from 2004 SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) funds to cover the acquisition of right-of-way, construction, design and project management, materials and labor for median improvements along Hwy. 85 on the north and south sides of downtown Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Director of Public Services Chris Hindman said the project, which will take up to three years for approvals, would install landscaped medians to replace the suicide lanes along portions of the roadway on the north and south sides of Ga. Highway 54.

The project will be designed to improve safety and traffic flow, Hindman said.

Hindman said plans call for landscaped medians similar to those found along Hwy. 54.

Hindman emphasized that there is no exact plan date, adding that the original concept, which could be modified, had medians installed from Grady Avenue on the south to Ga. Highway 314 on the north.

As it stands today, Hindman said engineering and design plans will need to be acquired, along with approvals from the Ga. Department of Transportation.

The IGA states that the city will be responsible for project costs that exceed $500,000.