SR 36 Connector Approved for Construction in Jackson

Photo shows the concept layout for the SR 36 Connector, a new two-lane road to better align state route 36 through downtown Jackson (Georgia DOT photo).
(Georgia DOT photo)

A new road looking to better route state route 36 through downtown Jackson can start construction. Georgia DOT accepted construction bids for the SR 36 Connector project in May 2024.

The project will build a half-mile of new two-lane road. It will also construct two roundabouts.

SR 36 Connector Jackson

Presently, state route 36 is signed through the downtown Jackson square. This requires thru-traffic to make two 90º turns to stay on SR 36. This can be especially challenging for tractor-trailers. The SR 36 Connector will provide a new route for thru-traffic, so they do not have to enter the Jackson square.

Map of proposed new roadway to connect state route 36 in Jackson
Proposed new roadway to connect SR 36 (GeoPI Photo)

The new road begins at SR 36 and Brownlee Road. There will be a new five-leg roundabout at this intersection. From there, the SR 36 Connector travels northeast and ties into College Street beside the library. A second new roundabout will be at this location. Finally, the SR 36 Connector rejoins the current SR 36 beside the Burger King.

Georgia DOT advertised construction bids for the project in May. They received eight bids. Peach State Construction Co., LLC of Eatonton, GA was the low bid. Their bid was $10,527,896.85.

The state DOT announced a contract award to Peach State Construction on Friday, July 5. The contract completion date is May 31, 2026.

Design work for the project began in 2016. When considering all associated costs, such as engineering, right of way, and construction, the total project cost is $13 million. State funds are paying for the new road.

Other Jackson Projects

Earlier this spring, Georgia DOT accepted construction bids for a new roundabout at SR 16 and SR 42 West. That project is now under construction in front of the Butts County Admin Building.

Finally, Georgia DOT has one other upcoming project within Butts County. They plan to construct a new roundabout at Georgia 16 and England Chapel / High Falls Road. Presently, the project is on schedule to accept construction bids in August 2024.

The state held a project open house, offering a look at the concept layout, in spring 2023. Check out our article about it here.

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Featured image shows the SR 36 Connector concept layout in Jackson. Georgia DOT photo.

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