Open house for River Watch Parkway extension Tuesday

Monday, May 13, 2013 2:05 PM
Last updated 8:22 PM
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The extension of River Watch Parkway is expected to cause a monthlong detour that could affect the commute for Columbia County residents.

The Georgia Department of Trans­portation is holding an open house today about the detour for the road project.

GDOT spokeswoman Cissy McNure said it is not known when the detour will begin.

The department will take bids for the project beginning in October.

Using funding from the 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax for transportation projects, River Watch Parkway will be extended from its endpoint at Baston Road. The new section of the road will follow Old Petersburg and Old Evans roads to intersect with Washington Road.

During construction, Columbia Industrial Boulevard at its intersection with Old Evans Road could close for about one month, according to a news release from the transportation department.

The proposed detour would use Blue Ridge Drive, Evans to Locks Road and North Belair Road.

The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Government Center, Building A auditorium. No formal presentation will be given. Georgia DOT representatives will be available to answer questions.

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resident 05/14/13 - 09:55 am
What a Waste

What a waste of good resources. All this will do is make a bunch of people rich. This is not necessary. The road goes there now it just changes names as it proceeds that direction. If someone needed to get to Washington road they just use a cross street. This is simple to do instead we just waste a bunch of money remove good resources such as trees home and grass and make people rich, as well as screw up businesses. FOR WHAT! to make some politician look good and a way for them to say look I did that!

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