Congestion on Columbia County roads could get worse

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Columbia County, Ga. (WRDW) --One car, two car, Three car, four. It's keeping folks from leaving their front door.

"Everything's picked up over the time," said Lynda Schmidt who lives off Old Petersburg Road.

The growth is flowing into Schmidt's backyard

"They said they would eventually widen it and we knew they'd need it," she said.

What was once hers, is now Columbia County's, all for their growing population which is a growing problem.

"You've got three schools and parents trying to get in and out with kids all in one near area," said Schmidt.

And it's not just on Old Petersburg Road, but on Columbia Road as well. The congestion keeps getting worse...

"It's bad, there's no two ways about it," said Chairman Ron Cross with Columbia County.

So with a lot of penny's, Cross is counting the roads that need a lot of fixing. Widening Washington Road from Gibbs Road to William Few Parkway is a project which is scheduled to start within the next month.

"The contract has been awarded by the commission, as quick as the contractor gets his documents in, they'll be free to go to work," said Cross.

Same with Lewiston Road, connecting Grovetown to the rest of Columbia County. Plans are also in place to widen Hardy McManus Road as well as Hereford Farm Road.

"All of this is part of the progress of the county," said Cross.

He'll use T-SPLOST money to fund projects divided into five-year bands.

The first five-years is already underway with the River watch Expansion. The second five, you'll see multiple projects moving forward, all going on at the same time.

"With all the construction, you turn me the first detour, and I'm lost," said Schmidt.