SPLOST would fund nearly $40 million in transportation projects

Coweta County added nearly $40 million in transportation projects that will be paid for using SPLOST funds.

The projects were added following a unanimous vote by the Coweta County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday.

According to county documents, the projects were added due to SPLOST revenues exceeding originally planned levels.

A portion of the increased revenue will be used to cover increased material and construction costs on ongoing and previously planned projects, but SPLOST will also be used to fund 12 projects.

These projects include the Shaw/Fischer Connector, which will cost $4.45 million, will take nine months to design and acquire the right-of-way and 12 months for utilities and construction, as well as improvements to the Cannongate Road to Collinsworth Road intersection, which will cost $3.59 million, will take 15 months to design and acquire the right-of-way and 15 months for utilities and construction.

Also included are engineering services for the $1 million Lower Fayetteville Road Widening. Right-of-way design and acquisition is expected to take eight years, utilities and construction three years. The City of Newnan will share the costs and the Atlanta Regional Commission will contribute 10% of the costs.

Also included are improvements to the intersection of Poplar Road and Highway 16, worth $1 million in design costs. Right-of-way design and acquisition is expected to take 36 months, while utilities and construction will take 12 months. The Atlanta Regional Commission will contribute 20% of the costs.

Fischer Road at Andrew Bailey is also included, worth $2.74 million in total costs. Right-of-way design and acquisition is expected to take 15 months, while utilities and construction are expected to take nine months.

Improvements on Poplar Road from Newnan Crossing Boulevard to Yeager Road are also included. The project has a price tag of $7.575 million, a 36-month lead time for design and acquisition of the right-of-way, and 18 months of utilities and construction time.

Also included are improvements to Gordon Road at Highway 16, which in total cost $4.5 million, have a design and right-of-way acquisition time of 15 months, and a public and construction 12 months.

Engineering work on improvements to Highway 29 and State Route 154 are also included. This work has a price of 3.5 million dollars and includes a period of 6 to 8 years and a construction period of two years.

Also included is a traffic light at Highway 16 at the southeast ring road, valued at $435,000. Design is expected to take four months, while utilities and construction are expected to take nine months.

Improvements to Highway 34 at Pete Davis and Thigpen Roads are also included. These improvements have a total price of $3.47 million, include a 24-month right-of-way design and acquisition period, and a 15-month utility and construction period.

Also included is the Fairgrounds Connector, worth $6.325 million. The right-of-way design and acquisition time is expected to take 12 months, and the utilities and construction time is also expected to take 12 months.

Additionally, work on Fischer Road north of Highway 34 is also included, valued at $895,000. Design work is expected to take nine months and construction is expected to take six months.

In total, the projects cost $39,480,000.

Abdul J. Gaspar