Forest Hill Road work to begin Monday

wcrenshaw@macon.comMarch 22, 2014 

Work on the delayed Forest Hill Road widening project is set to begin Monday.

Crews will start clearing for the relocation of utility lines, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation release. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., flagmen may be used as equipment is located along the project.

The project will widen to three lanes a two-mile stretch from Northside Drive to Wimbish Road.

In the planning for years, work on the road was set to begin more than a year ago but it was delayed by two court injunctions.

The injunctions stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Lindsay “Doc” Holliday, who argued that the state’s design was dangerous, and would destroy the tree canopy and pollute streams. Holliday ultimately lost the case.

The work was supposed to start in December but was delayed again as the state reviewed the costs associated with the delay. The release issued Friday, however, put the cost at $8.4 million, which was the original bid by the prime contractor, R.J. Haynie and Associates.

The project includes sidewalks on both side and the realignment of Old Lundy Road across Lokchapee Drive. Also, a four-legged intersection will be created with the realignment of Newport Road, Forest Lake Drive South, Normandy Road and Glenn Hill Court.

The project is expected to be completed by July 31, 2016.

Information from The Telegraph archives was used in this report.

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