Comment Deadline Tuesday for Widening State Route 81

Concept layout for state route 81 widening project at Postmaster Drive (Georgia DOT photo)

Georgia DOT is accepting public comments through this Tuesday, December 20, for widening state route 81. The project extends between Postmaster Drive in McDonough and Bethany Road.

A second future project is planned between Bethany Road and Keys Ferry. Both projects plan to widen the road to four lanes with pedestrian facilities i.e. sidewalks.

Widening State Route 81

Henry County began design work in 2016 towards phase I of widening state route 81. The project looks to begin right of way acquisition in 2023. Before that can occur, the project must conclude a public information open house. The open house is happening now.

Residents can view the proposed project layout and submit any questions, comments or concerns. Georgia DOT and Henry County will respond to feedback received in the early part of next year.

Residents can also indicate their support or opposition to the proposed project. Let Georgia DOT know whether or not you support the project, even if you do not have comments. The open house and comment form are linked below.

The state is accepting comments through Tuesday, December 20.

State Route 81 Phase II

This month, the Atlanta Regional Commission approved federal funds to assist with project costs for state route 81 phase II. Specifically, the ARC awarded $1.6 million in fiscal year 2024 for design costs. Henry County will provide a $400,000 local match from SPLOST V funds. This will allow the design for phase II to begin in 12–18 months.

Phase II of the project extends between Bethany Road and Keys Ferry Road.

Featured image shows the concept layout for widening state route 81 at Postmaster Drive. Georgia DOT photo.

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