Macon Residents Finally See Redesign for Jefferson Road Begin
MACON, Ga. — Jeffersonville Road is about to get a facelift. Anyone who has traveled down this busy road in Macon knows who treacherous the road can be. Now, Macon residents have a reason to rejoice because their long-awaited project has finally begun, according to Macon.com. Residents, politicians, and community leaders came out in force to celebrate with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, October 5, 2018.*
The Jeffersonville Road redesign project has been in the works for a long time. The initial source of funding for the project was from a 1995 special tax, but that fund dried up a long time ago when all of the proceeds were divertedto other projects. Fortunately for Macon residents, other sources of funding emerged to get the $20.5 million project moving forward. Experts expect the project to last for some time before residents see the finished project.
Engineers who worked on the project say that the redesign took some time to hash out because of the need to move utilities to accommodate a wider road. The redesign also implicated several environmental concerns that engineers and planners needed to resolve before approving the final plan.
The entire Jeffersonville Road redesign is approximately 1.5 miles long. Crews will widen the road from the Emery Highway intersection to Recreation Road. Additionally, the plan includes widening Millerfield Road from Jeffersonville Road to Bristol Drive. As part of the widening, a center turning lane will be installed as well as two additional lanes on Jeffersonville Road.
Those improvements will improve the flow of traffic through the area. Other improvements are designed to increase safety for pedestrians and motorists alike. Crews will install sidewalks, crosswalks, lights, and build a Walnut Creek bridge higher than the floodplain. Additionally, new traffic signals will go up at intersections of Emery and Millerfield. The Georgia Department of Transportation is overseeing the project.
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