Originally created 03/01/05

Meeting targets road project



Sometimes the traffic isn't flowing well on Flowing Wells Road.

But residents will get a chance today to sound off about the problem and hear its proposed solution at a public meeting in Martinez Elementary School's cafeteria.

"We'll have a comment sheet they can fill out or leave with us or they can mail it in," said Christa McKinney, the area's district planning and programing engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. DOT officials also will be on hand to answer questions, she said.

The current plan would widen Flowing Wells to four lanes from the Interstate 20/Wheeler Road interchange to Washington Road. A raised concrete median that will allow for turn lanes where deemed necessary, 4-foot wide bike lanes and a sidewalk on each side of the road also are to be part of the project.

The road, which often has heavy traffic as pupils are released from Martinez Elementary in the 200 block of Flowing Wells, had been scheduled for improvements by 2007. But Columbia County recently requested those funds for right of way and construction be moved to a William Few Parkway Expansion, Ms. McKinney said.

That request should go before an Augusta Regional Transportation Study committee Thursday. If the shuffling of funds is approved, Ms. McKinney said, the committee would then determine a widening schedule.

Some commissioners have said a year delay might be necessary, but Commissioner Tommy Mercer said he wants to hear from the public today before any funds are reassigned.

For those unable to attend the meeting, written statements can be submitted by March 11 to Harvey D. Keepler, state environmental/location engineer, at 3993 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, GA 30336-1593.

For 10 days after today's meeting, a set of project displays will be available at the Transportation Department office at 4260 Frontage Road in Augusta.

Reach Preston Sparks at 868-1222, ext. 115, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

What's Next:

There will be a public meeting on the proposed widening of Flowing Wells Road from 4 to 7 p.m. today in Martinez Elementary School's cafeteria.