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Windsor Spring Road construction set to begin after long wait

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 Editor's note: An earlier version of this story did not accurately report the day the bidding process began.

Motorists should get relief from congestion on Windsor Spring Road through a long-promised road-widening project, which starts Friday.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Motorists should get relief from congestion on Windsor Spring Road through a long-promised road-widening project, which starts Friday.

The wait is finally over for Windsor Spring Road motorists long promised a wider road to ease congestion.

The bidding process began Friday for construction to widen a three-mile stretch of Windsor Spring between Tobacco and Willis Foreman roads from two to four lanes. Widening Windsor Spring between George Highway 88 and Willis Foreman Road begins in November, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“It was promised years ago,” said Joe Jackson, the District 6 Augusta Commission member. “I’m very glad to see it finally – after working with Augusta traffic engineering and Georgia Department of Transportation – getting funds.”

The two-phase, $43 million project was allocated $6 million from the 1 percent transportation sales tax being collected in the Augusta region.

According to Jackson, the widening was included in the voter-approved transportation project list to guarantee its completion. Under the Transportation Investment Act, all projects on the approved list must be finished.

“I wanted to make sure someone’s feet were held to the fire,” said Jackson, who served on the regional roundtable that compiled the list of projects.

The Rev. Timothy Green, of Jenkins Memorial CME Church, said he has expected the widening since 1988, when his church built far back from the road shoulder. County planners had warned him the road project was coming.

“We’ve been wanting this a long time. We’ve been fighting for this a long time,” Jenkins said. “It’s a blessing.”

The two-lane road becomes easily congested each morning and afternoon, especially near school dismissal, Jenkins said. Events at Diamond Lakes Regional Park, also on the stretch of road set for widening, cause traffic jams, he said.

Improvements to the artery will encourage housing and commercial development in south Augusta, said Jackson, adding that the widening was one of his goals when he campaigned for the first of his two terms on the Augusta Commission.

“Once you open that corridor, it’s going to encourage growth,” he said.

The new four-lane highway will be separated by a raised median and have 8-foot-wide asphalt multi-use trails on both shoulders.

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countyman
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countyman 05/14/14 - 06:54 pm
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South Augusta!!

The $30 million I-520 widening project, $30 million Mike Padgett improvements, and the $43 million Windsor Spring widening all under construction at the same time..

The comments about the city spending all the taxpayer money downtown continue to nosedive...

rebellious
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rebellious 05/14/14 - 07:29 pm
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The comments

subside when progress is witnessed. Gloating over the groundbreaking of a project visualized some 26 years ago seems a stretch, but then what do I know. Thanks to Joe Jackson for championing this effort which runs straight through Mayoral candidates Alvin Masons 4th district "front yard". It is not too late for him to claim credit for this.

It is a positive, and hopefully some aggresive Real Estate agency will recognize the fact that Fort Gordon is serviced by a gate on Tobacco Road for the Cyber Command personnel to frequent. When pigs fly!

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dichotomy 05/14/14 - 07:57 pm
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"The two-lane road becomes

"The two-lane road becomes easily congested each morning and afternoon, especially near school dismissal,"

Hey, you ought to try getting out of Old Waynesboro on to Mike Padgett since they built TWO schools out here. Especially since they unnecessarily screwed up the intersection and the lanes for the work they are supposed to do on Mike Padgett.....except that nobody is working anywhere near that end of Mike Padgett. But they are sure clogging up the traffic while they are not working. I've NEVER seen Windsor Spring backed up like Old Waynesboro gets....even before the Mike Padgett cluster.....errr....goat rope.

Oh, and just to make things interesting they built another school over on Brown Rd/McElmurray Rd so you are impeded by school traffic and 25 MPH zones no matter which way you try to go. And they didn't bother to put up any flashing yellow lights so if you don't squint to read the very small print on the bottom of the school zone signs and then look down at you watch to see what time it is you will probably run right through that 25 MPH zone before you realize it if you don't go out that way every day.

So when can I look forward to them widening Old Waynesboro to 4 lanes and putting up some flashing yellow school zone lights on Brown Rd and McElmurray Rd?

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Gage Creed 05/14/14 - 09:00 pm
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countyman quote from 10/04/2011

"Pork?? I-520 needed to be widened atleast twenty years ago. The project is severly needed for the residents of South Augusta.

I'm expecting to see the Target shopping center opening in South Augusta sometime future.

The retail portion coming to Southwest Augusta(Jimmie Dyess Pkwy, Gordon Hwy between Jimmie Dyess and Harlem) is further ahead though. The 10k sq. ft. Shoppes at Dyess Park should definitely start by the end of the year and the 25 acre shopping center 2011/early 2012."

I don't think I'm going to be calling the nortonguy/countyman psychic hotline anytime soon.

countyman
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countyman 05/14/14 - 09:33 pm
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Target

The Chick Fil A locations in West Augusta, Aiken, and Evans are near Target stores...

I reported the new Chick Fil A in South Augusta months ago. The restaurant is under construction on Peach Orchard..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/14/14 - 09:54 pm
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There's a Chick Fil A on

There's a Chick Fil A on Washington road, there's Chick Fil A on Knox Avenue... (Not really near a Target store)

The Deja Vu post didn't mention Chick Fil A....

countyman
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countyman 05/14/14 - 10:41 pm
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Obsessed with negativity..

Why would any developer build another Target store in West Augusta that close to the Augusta Exchange?

The lack of chains stores/restaurants in North Augusta is not surprising considering it's located right between North Richmond/West Augusta and Aiken..

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/15/14 - 12:06 am
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Ae these?

State projects or local? I think the biggest complaint is local taxes being spent downtown instead of spread out.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/15/14 - 07:04 am
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Looong time in coming

Comments nosedive---you wish!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/15/14 - 10:04 am
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The lack of chain restaurants

The lack of chain restaurants in North Augusta was solely because of the long-standing blue law about not selling alcohol on Sunday.

And since that has recently changed, it will just be a matter of time that they will start building them in N Augusta.

Countyman, your perception of business matters is very odd, to say the least.

This was well-known, Countyman, I don't know why you didn't know that, everybody else did.

And when they start building those restaurants, it will hurt Downtown.

countyman
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countyman 05/15/14 - 10:53 am
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Aiken

''The lack of chain restaurants in North Augusta was solely because of the long-standing blue law about not selling alcohol on Sunday.''

The laws sure didn't stop the chains from coming to Aiken...

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/15/14 - 04:07 pm
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Thats because

Aiken has had Sunday alcohol sales for awhile. They didn't keep the blue laws.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/15/14 - 06:47 pm
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Why would a developer build a

Why would a developer build a CVS across the street from nearly every Walgreen's? Why is there a Lowe's with a mile of nearly every Home Depot?

countyman makes the assertion that building a Chick Fil A begets a Target.... and then tramples his own statement with the very next post!

And has the audacity to label others NEGATIVE? Priceless!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/15/14 - 09:36 pm
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Countyman, if nothing else,

Countyman, if nothing else, you provide comic relief on here.

Guess you didn't know that Aiken voted for Sunday liquor sales many years ago...

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