Bibb County commissioners have renewed their support for repaving and widening Forest Hill Road.
The commissioners talked after word spread that the state was again moving ahead with reconstruction efforts. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart wrote letters months ago supporting the project.
Commissioner Elmo Richardson told commissioners Tuesday that the biggest problems on Forest Hill Road are within the Macon city limits.
“The pavement is fairly narrow and there’s so many intersections,” he said. “I get a lot of calls, a lot of e-mails supporting that project.”
Bibb County has bought about half of the properties needed in a stretch that would be converted to three lanes, an engineering department representative said. The county hasn’t bought any property in areas that would be converted to four lanes.
Activists have said the expansion of the road would bring speeding and flooding, while cutting down too many trees.
Property acquisition restarted about October.
Hart reminded commissioners that they’d authorized him to write the letter in July.
“I remember that, and I remember supporting the road,” Commissioner Bert Bivins said. “That project needs to proceed.”
Commissioner Joe Allen said he wants the county to fix Forest Hill Road, Jeffersonville Road and others.
“I support doing Forest Hill,” he said. “I think it’s needed.”
Commissioner Lonzy Edwards said he wants residents and the state Department of Transportation to work together to make Forest Hill Road the best it can be. That cooperation hasn’t always worked.
“I have some mixed feelings on Forest Hill Road,” he said. “I recognize something needs to be done.”
The Forest Hill reconstruction is scheduled for funding in 2014, but it could move up on a priority list, officials have said.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.