McDuffie County getting new I-20 interchange

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THOMSON --- McDuffie County will get a new Interstate 20 interchange -- the county's third -- that should be completed by summer of 2013, officials said Friday.

"It will be a tremendous asset to this community," said Charlie Newton Jr., the county commission chairman.

The new interstate access will be at Three Points Road (County Road 21), said Cissy McNure, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Bids for the project went out Friday, McNure said, and are due April 22. The project, with an estimated cost of more than $11 million, could begin in July, and construction is expected to take about two years, she said.

The interchange will certainly benefit the county, Newton said.

"We can make it an interstate access industrial park. That's very valuable to these large industries," he said.

The project also will allow large trucks to circumvent downtown Thomson and have direct access to the interstate.

"This will get the congestion level down, and people will feel safer," Newton said. "The streets are too narrow for these trucks."

As far as development near the interchange after its completion, Newton said, "over time, definitely; immediately, not likely.

"Anytime you have an interchange you'll have significant growth."

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corgimom
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corgimom 03/26/11 - 01:39 pm
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You know you're so Augusta

You know you're so Augusta when the paper talks about the third interchange on a freeway.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/26/11 - 03:59 pm
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You know what would be really

You know what would be really helpful? The mile number where it will be. Because 99% of us have no idea where County Road 21 is.

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countyman 03/26/11 - 05:11 pm
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Businesses tend to locate

Businesses tend to locate around interchanges... The nicest part of Grovetown for instance is located around I-20...

Exit 5 at I-20 in North Augusta maybe the best place to build a large retail development in Aiken county...

It'll be intresting to see who becomes the bigger city in the future.. Edgefield, Thomson, Grovetown, Waynesboro, Graniteville, or Hephzibah.. This is great news for Mcduffie County and metro Augusta...

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dougk 03/26/11 - 05:34 pm
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about 157, Dixieman.
Unpublished

about 157, Dixieman.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/11 - 08:07 pm
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Don Cheeks recently buy any

Don Cheeks recently buy any land around there?

Batman
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Batman 03/26/11 - 08:36 pm
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I'm a property owner and

I'm a property owner and business owner in McDuffie County and I oppose these kind of projects. The state nor the feds have $11M of our money to waste on hopes that an industrial project comes to McDuffie County. There should be a contingency and the money should only be spent when a developer or business agrees to locate to at that particular interchange. Field of dreams projects... build it and they'll come have wasted billions of taxpayers dollars. This sounds like the 'round-a-bout' proposed for Pumpkin Center. It's not needed either. Enough is enough!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/26/11 - 09:55 pm
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Rough reckoning on Google Map

Rough reckoning on Google Map makes it look like 157/8 to me, but this info SHOULD BE IN THE STORY ITSELF!!

Modern Day Minute Man
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Modern Day Minute Man 03/28/11 - 10:36 am
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Whether law makers or

Whether law makers or bureaucrats, these are the folks who always believe that more and bigger is always better. One more government gaggle playing out right before our eyes.

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Harriette 03/29/11 - 10:08 am
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Driving west from Augusta,

Driving west from Augusta, the main Thomson exit is 172 and where the new bypass ends just to the north of (Washington Road). Not exactly certain where the McDuffie/Warren county line changes (mile marker), but mm168 sounds right at it. Exit 165 is in Warren County (Camak). T.V. news reported this morning that this will likely be a 2 yr project.

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