By Alex Welch
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
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.