The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority plans to ask the state to do additional work to planned improvements on Ocmulgee East Boulevard at Interstate 16, a change that could pave the way for development near the interchange.
The authority voted Monday to petition the Georgia Department of Transportation for a change order that would run steel casing and sewer line beneath Ocmulgee East to the west side of the roadway. The line would be stubbed on the other side of the road, but it eventually could open up about 600 acres that do not have service, officials said.
The work would cost about $268,000, authority Executive Director Kathy Bowden said. However, officials are hoping the cost could be covered by federal stimulus money from the project, if there is some left over.
“It would save us money and the residents, too,” Macon Water Authority Director Tony Rojas said at Monday’s meeting.
Work at the interchange, which will include new turn lanes to keep traffic moving, is under way. According to the DOT Web site, the work also includes four-laning nearby Weaver Road and will cost an estimated $9.1 million.
It was after work began that water authority officials discovered a “quadrant” at the interchange was not being served.
Industrial Authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby commended the water authority for its “forward thinking ... that could lead to future development.”
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