UPDATE | Meeting scheduled to discuss planned bypass in Waynesboro

Published: Aug. 11, 2016 at 8:25 AM EDT
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Monday, March 20, 2017

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An information meeting for a planned bypass in Waynesboro will be happening later this month.

The meeting is scheduled for March 30th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Phillip Grove Baptist Church.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A bypass is being planned through the west side of Waynesboro, with the intention of redirecting truck traffic and alleviating congestion through the city.

A spokesperson with GDOT says the bypass would connect SR 56 with SR 25 and travel on to SR 56 North. The roadway would be two-lanes, both 12-feet wide, with auxiliary turn lanes at major intersections.

The project will also relocate a roadway from the intersection of Lovers Lane to Herman Lodge Blvd. to tie in SR 121/US 25 at the existing intersection with Industrial Dr., and a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Lover’s Lane and SR 56/SR 24/SR 80.

The project would be funded 100% by the Transportation Investment Act with a budget of nearly $4.4 million.

However, Burke County commissioners have expressed concerns over the project’s cost, size, and route.

Commissioners say the project comes at a time when the county is experiencing an impact in finances caused by a reduction in sales tax income from Plant Vogtle construction.

Karen Judd with GDOT says she does not believe any TIA projects, including the Bypass, will be affected by changes to local economies, and that GDOT works with local governments to ensure that projects go forward while remaining “considerate” to financial, environmental, or community needs that may arise.

County Administrator Merv Waldrop says the board wants the project, but they want to ask GDOT to make changes to the alignment and scope of the roadway. They are requesting a four lane road, and want the road to go behind the Westgate subdivision.

The commission also hopes it will eventually cross Highway 56 South and Hendon Rd. and connect with Highway 25 South.

The project is expected to go to bid in 2018 with a completion date of 2020.