Freeway links Augusta, west Georgia

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 7:45 AM
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ATLANTA -- Georgia transportation officials have approved a contract for the final section of a highway between Columbus and Augusta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced a $58.3 million contract for the last stretch of the Fall Line Freeway.

The final nine miles of the 215-mile freeway are set to be built in Baldwin and Wilkinson counties. The project includes construction of a new four-lane road with a total of eight bridges over the Oconee River and two creeks. It should be finished at the end of 2015.

The Fall Line Freeway is part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program. The corridor includes new roadway sections as well as the widening and improvement of existing highways to result in a four-lane freeway stretching from Columbus to Macon to Augusta.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/03/13 - 09:49 am
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Waste of taxpayer money.....
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Interstate 20 and 85 are already in place. More distance, less time. This will really help these poor counties. As with the other portions, it bypasses the towns. There are unfinished projects like these all over south Georgia. The GA-FL Turnpike from Savannah through Albany to Marianna FL and I-10 has been in progress for four decades. It stretches from I-75 to Albany. About 35 miles.

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OpenCurtain 01/03/13 - 10:04 am
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Old Idea finally finished

I have often felt I-20 should have run Columbia, Augusta, Macon, Columbus to Montgomery. Atlanta be Da@@.

But it allows a lot of traffic to by-pass The CHOKE POINT called Atlanta.

GA17 eventually will be 4 lane from Savannah to I-85. an to Toccoa GA So it will all tie together and it is looking like some small towns will start growing because of access. AND they will lose their small town safe living conditions.

HINT:
Ga. may have too much roadway to maintain at the current Road Fuel tax rates. So are we looking at Future FUEL tax increases?

rebellious
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rebellious 01/03/13 - 10:13 am
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New Gateway

This will hopefully increase traffic into the Highway #1 Gateway to our city. The Wrens to Augusta section has been complete for years.

http://www.dot.state.ga.us/informationcenter/programs/roadimprovement/GR...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/03/13 - 10:18 am
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GREAT GREAT!!

Now we will have an easy trip to DESTIN ......& maybe some folks will have a few jobs....:)

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/03/13 - 10:41 am
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How about Destin via
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I-20, I-85, US 431 and US 231. The fastest way to the Gulf. Or Hwy 1, 319, 257, 300, 90 and 231. The shortest way to the Gulf.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/03/13 - 11:02 am
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Gateway?

And what a gateway we have from Meadowbrook to 15th.... There should be a big sign at I-520 directing visitors around Bobby Jones to I-20 to Riverwatch, just to avoid the eyesores between there and downtown.

Come to think of it though, the first thing air travelers see and smell after arriving is the sewage plant. Oh well...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/03/13 - 12:51 pm
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Hey,

don't knock the sewage plant. Think of what things would be like if it were to disappear!

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