Progress moves slowly for new Augusta Tech campus

Progress is being made in the long-delayed effort to build an Augusta Technical College campus in Columbia County.


Though a groundbreaking ceremony was held last September at Horizon South industrial park near Grovetown, construction has stalled to build an access road.

"There was a wetlands issue at one point in time, but we've moved the road so that it's not a wetlands issue," said Scott Herring, the county's director of construction and maintenance services.

The permit to tie into Horizon South Parkway should be submitting to the Georgia Department of Transportation this month, he said.

"We hope to advertise for bids by the end of the year and start construction early in 2009," Mr. Herring said.

Designs for the road are under way, he said.

Janice Richardson, the acting president of Augusta Tech, said bids for the $6.3 million construction project should go out within the next two months.

When the access road is complete, Mrs. Richardson estimates it will take 18 months to build the 22,000-square-foot facility. The campus is designed to accommodate 450 students with five general-purpose classrooms, two 30-station computer labs, two multipurpose industrial labs and a meeting room.

Officials expect the campus will boost Augusta Tech's enrollment by 10 percent. It also likely will offer dual-enrollment programs for high school students in Columbia County schools.

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