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Officials break ground on intersection project


By Alex Welch
Assistant Editor   

  A project to realign the intersection of Phillips Drive and Highway 20/81 in McDonough is now underway after Henry County Commissioners, McDonough City Council members, McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland and Henry County DOT Director Terry McMickle broke ground on the site Monday morning.

Henry County Commissioners join McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland, City Council members, County staff and others in the groundbreaking for improvements on the intersection at Phillips Drive and Highway 20/81.                         Photo by Alex Welch

  In a partnership between the county and McDonough, construction will move Phillips Drive east to intersect Highway 20/81 across from Autumn Lake Drive. A traffic signal and turn lanes will also be added to help with safety and traffic issues. According to statistics, over 20,000 vehicles pass through this intersection on a daily basis. Several accidents have occurred here over the last three years.

  Councilman Rufus Stewart said the project is a win-win for all parties involved. “This is one of the busiest streets in McDonough,” said Stewart. “I’ve seen a lot of traffic and a lot of accidents over the years.” Stewart said the new intersection has been in discussion for around 12 months, and he is glad to see the process getting started.

  The cost of the project is set at $1,542,580.41. Henry County is providing $642,580.41. The City of McDonough will use $300,000 from SPLOST and $600,000 from the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant, which is state-aid funding through the Georgia Department of Transportation. Completion of the project is expected by spring 2014.



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