Henry County is now accepting construction bids for the next roundabout in McDonough. The Willow Lane at Bridges Road intersection will see the improvement.
Contractors have until April 12 to submit their bids. Afterwards, Henry County will consider awarding a construction contract. SPLOST V funds are paying for the work.
Willow Lane at Bridges Road
The Willow Lane at Bridges Road intersection serves a major north-to-south route parallel to I-75. The current four-way stop is inefficient for the roadway’s traffic volumes, especially anytime there’s delays on I-75. The new roundabout will better serve the intersection.
The SPLOST V program budgeted two million dollars for the intersection. Voters approved the program in November 2019. Project expenses as of December 2022 totaled $525 thousand. This includes design costs and right of way acquisition.
Falcon Design Consultants of Stockbridge designed the new roundabout. They received a design contract in October 2020 at a cost not to exceed $103 thousand.
The board of commissioners will consider a contract award later this spring. Following contract award, the selected contractor will have 330 days to build the new roundabout.
Several private developments as well as a new elementary school are upcoming along Willow Lane. They include the following:
- nearly 500 housing units in a mixed townhome and single-family subdivision, located southwest and west of Willow Lane at Bridges Road,
- Birch Creek Elementary under construction now north of Pembrooke Park subdivision,
- 422 apartments and townhomes north of the new school on either side of Willow Lane (rezoning request pending), and
- a new Chick-fil-A restaurant at the current site of QuikTrip gas station off state route 20.
In January, Henry County applied for a grant to widen Willow Lane to four lanes. The grant, if the county receives it, would cover design only. This represents the first phase of any project.
Featured image shows the Willow Lane at Bridges Road location. Google photo.
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