Motorists who visit Indian Springs State Park will soon start to see construction on a new roundabout at the US 23 / SR 42 split near Flovilla. Georgia DOT awarded a construction contract for the project in December 2022.
The new roundabout will replace the existing split approaches at US Highway 23 and State Route 42. It will be a three-legged roundabout. The current R-Cut at Higgins Road will remain as part of the project.
Knight & Associates, Inc. of Atlanta, GA received the build contract. The bid amount measured $2,949,924.00. The contract completion date is May 30, 2024.
During project design, the state considered building a roundabout with four sides. This would have re-aligned Higgins Road to join the rest of the intersection. The state ruled out this possibility due to additional costs. This alternative would have cost the state an estimated $4.6 million to include $700,000 for right of way. By comparison, the final project layout can build within existing right of way.
Other Butts County Projects
Georgia DOT has two Butts County projects presently forecast to accept construction bids this year. Both will build new roundabouts. They include state route 42 at highway 16 east of downtown Jackson, and SR 42 at Burg Road in Jenkinsburg. The projects are planned to accept bids in August and December 2023, respectively. Project schedules are subject to change.
The state awarded a contract for another roundabout in fall 2021. The project is located at state route 16 and Higgins Road. According to the state’s website, the project is 25% complete.
Featured image shows Flovilla roundabout project layout. Georgia DOT photo.