DOT update on one-way pairs

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Two decades after it was first conceived and announced, the one-way pairs project through downtown McDonough from the west side to the Square is finally on its way to completion.

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation addressed the McDonough City Council at its April 17 meeting and gave an update of the timeline for the project and other details. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to be finished this month and bids for construction will be solicited beginning in June with an estimated construction time of 30 months.

The western end of the project is the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Rosebud Lane. The two westbound lanes will be from the northwest corner of the Square on what is now Jonesboro Street (that is the current name; it is known as Jonesboro Road west of the railroad tracks). The two eastbound lanes will be on Hampton Street coming into the southwest corner of the Square.

A roundabout will be added at Jonesboro Street and Doris Street, and new road alignments in that area will help motorists get to and from the one-way portions of the road.

Letters will be sent to property owners along the project site prior to the June 16 date for letting of construction bids. Also, the state DOT’s district communications office will put out a statewide press release once the contractor has announced the construction start date, and throughout the project the DOT will release information on lane closures via its website and social media outlets.

Three temporary road closures have been proposed. The railroad crossing on Jonesboro Road will be closed three days, as will Hampton Street from Tarpley Street to Brown Avenue. A 10-day closure of Doris Street from River Burch Drive to Jonesboro Street is also expected. All of these dates will be at the discretion of the contractor.

In response to questions from the council, officials said that Jonesboro Road will only be closed at the railroad crossing itself, and those living on either side will be able to move freely in the other direction. It is not yet known where the roundabout fits into the overall construction schedule, as that will be determined by the contractor.

All detours will have necessary signage, and city officials expressed a desire to make certain residents in the affected areas have clear real-time information on detour routes.