In 2016, Henry County received a grant for a new park and ride lot off Jonesboro Road. Here is the latest update about the project as of April 2023.
Henry County approved an amended agreement during this month’s meeting. The agreement is with the state pertaining to the new lot.
Jonesboro Road Park and Ride Update
The proposed Jonesboro Road park and ride lot is at the intersection with Mt. Carmel Road. This location would provide Xpress with quick access to the Jonesboro Road express lanes entrance. The State Road and Tollway Authority closed on six acres for the future lot in December 2020.
The proposed lot is part of a larger commercial project. Henry County rezoned the 24-acre site in 2017. To date, a self-storage business built on one of the lots. According to real estate firm Fickling & Company, five lots are under contract. Three others remain available.
Right now, there is no estimate when the lot may build. Since the pandemic, Xpress ridership is significantly down as more companies offer telework options for their employees. As a result, the state is re-evaluating any future service expansions. There also is not presently sufficient funds set aside to build the lot.
The recently adopted amendment between Henry County and the state extends the timeframe to build the lot. It extends the current agreement to August 2024. The parties previously extended it in 2020. They first entered into it in 2017.
MHF News will continue to share any future updates as they become available.
Featured image shows Jonesboro Road at Mt. Carmel Road. Google photo.
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