Thursday, January 31, 2019
(News 12 at 6 O’Clock / NBC 26 at 7)
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Those driving on Flowing Wells Road have noticed some work being done, and many think it’s about time.
It's officially in phase one, which is utility relocation. Georgia Power has been spending time clearing out trees so they can move the power lines back, and water, sewage, cable and more are all doing the same.
Making Flowing Wells four lanes is something Rosalie King has been waiting to see in all her time living on the busy roadway.
“Nothing has ever been done until now," King said.
She moved to the area in 1972, and since then she’s seen Columbia County transform before her eyes. All that time, the road stayed the same.
"This is the first time they've ever really truly made any kind of effort to help the situation."
Flowing Wells is a two-lane road that’s home two schools, a church and hundreds of families.
"It's almost impossible. Even turning right is not sometimes easy, but trying to go down, it's bumper to bumper."
The project will turn two lanes into three, and add turning lanes and sidewalks at Columbia and Washington roads.
"It's a complete street corridor and you've got walkers and bikers and cars so the project kind of addresses all three of those issues."
But the progress comes with a cost - $20 million to be exact. Homeowners are also giving up some of their land to make this project a success.
"I had 4 acres to begin with and now it's 3.7 or something," King said.
She says that, hands down, it’s a price worth paying.
It's going to take about a year just to get all the utilities moved. At that point, they can actually start widening the road. That will take about another year.