What’s happening with the East Fayetteville Bypass?

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A view of Morning Creek, the Ga. Department of Transportation Wetland Mitigation Bank and one of three large utility conflicts in the area of the proposed bridge for what is slated to become a portion of the East Fayetteville Bypass. Photo/Fayette County.
A view of Morning Creek, the Ga. Department of Transportation Wetland Mitigation Bank and one of three large utility conflicts in the area of the proposed bridge for what is slated to become a portion of the East Fayetteville Bypass. Photo/Fayette County.

Progress on one of the segments of the long-awaited East Fayetteville Bypass was updated by County Administrator Steve Rapson at the Jan. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Commission.

Rapson said this is a large, new road construction project that will connect County Line Road with Corinth Road in the east side of the County.

“The critical path for delivery runs through the 700-ft bridge design for the crossing of Morning Creek. The project team met with Ga. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Dec. 19 regarding permissions needed from both agencies to access the GDOT Wetland Mitigation Bank and perform the necessary geotechnical work for preparation of the Bridge Foundation Investigation,” said Rapson.

Rapson said the issue is being considered by the Corps legal counsel. Intersection and roadway design and development of Right-of-Way plans continues in the meantime.

The segment of the bypass noted at the meeting is a section of the much longer East Fayetteville Bypass project, for which a portion of the work is budgeted through the 2004 SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax).

The county is hoping to be approved for federal funding for other portions of the bypass.