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Public meeting set in proposed realignment of Berckmans Road

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 4:48 PM
Last updated 9:30 PM
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The public can learn more details about a proposed realignment of Berckmans Road with Alexander Drive at a 4 p.m. public meeting June 12 at Julian Smith Casino.

Design of the project was funded through Augusta’s last sales-tax allocation, although construction funding awaits voter approval July 31 on a referendum on the new regional 1 percent sales tax for transportation, Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said.

“Different alignments are possible; (the meeting) is just to get the public’s input on it,” Cassell said. “For the most part, it’s to boost connectivity across Washington Road to River Watch Parkway.”

Berckmans, named for the plant nursery that became Augusta National Golf Club, formed the western boundary of the course until the National began acquiring land west of the road for additional patron parking.

The $20.3 million project – scheduled for completion in 2022 – would be included in Richmond County’s $277.5 million sales tax allocation to be collected over 10 years if the new tax is approved by voters July 31.

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Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 05/29/12 - 09:50 pm

The realignment is a no brainer, but funding via T-SPLOST is doubtful.

wildman 05/30/12 - 04:45 am

It's a no brainer for the Augusta National. They can say what they want about connectivity but we all know it's the National getting what they want. Simple as that! Input is a joke, the decision has been made.

boodroe 05/30/12 - 08:06 am
Realignment of The Road

When the Road is realigned what Happens to Surrey Center and Westover and Rockbrook Do they get cut off from Washington Road

avidreader 05/30/12 - 10:16 am
Agree with Wildman

The deal is done already, although, as Austin remarks, the voters may nix the funds at the polls. On the one hand, the new route will become an easier access to Washington Rd. However, for those of us that use Berckman's Rd. as a route to downtown, the detour will be a negative.

Also, I am not an Augusta National basher. They deserve many of the accomodations that the public provides. The club donates millions of dollars every year to non-profits and provides a ton of tourist dollars to our economy.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/30/12 - 12:02 pm

From the story:

The $20.3 million project – scheduled for completion in 2022 – would be included in Richmond County’s $277.5 million sales tax allocation [i.e., TSPLOST — LL] to be collected over 10 years if the new tax is approved by voters July 31.

Augusta should take a cue from the Ga. DOT — never give a firm schedule.

It will be interesting to see the options laid out on paper. I just assumed that the main thrust of the "re-alignment" would be to block off Berckmans from behind the music store down to Heath Dr. where the big hospitality house is. Then they could deed that section of Berckmans to the National.

The "re-aligned" Berckmans would come up from Rae's Creek to Heath Dr., where it would veer left, then right. Then you would veer left again at Stanley Dr. and take you to Washington Rd. at the Kroger. Hopefully they could make gentle curves instead of full turns as it exists now.

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